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you can turn music on if you like ...

"What if A Day" on electronic instruments (Kate's arrangement and MIDI sequencing of WHAT IF A DAY by Renaissance composer Thomas Campion)

We wish you a friendly WELCOME to the

World Handwriting Contest

of

AAHC: Annual American Handwriting Competition and
WHAC: World Handwriting Achievement Contest


The 2014 World Handwriting Contest will be accepting entries from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014

OUR 2013 WINNERS Click here ...

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OUR 2014 SPONSORS:

Frank Smith: a signsmith and calligrapher from Albany, New York, USA, who believes that handwriting is of greaThiruvengadam Madanagopalt importance -- will provide calligraphic certificates to each winner as the prize.

Thiruvengadam Madanagopal a calligrapher from India and former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest-- contributes one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing. 

Mr. Ashok Batra: a former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest, from India -- contributes one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing. He holds that writing on paper forges a personal bond that can never be achieved through the latest technologies like internet and mobile phones.The personal touch in handwritten letters, he believes, is incomparable.


OUR 2013 SPONSOR:

Frank Smith: a signsmith and calligrapher from Albany, New York, USA, who believes that handwriting is of great importance -- will provide calligraphic certificates to each winner as the prize.

Mr. Ashok Batra: a former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest, from India -- contributes one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing. He holds that writing on paper forges a personal bond that can never be achieved through the latest technologies like internet and mobile phones.The personal touch in handwritten letters, he believes, is incomparable.

Thiruvengadam Madanagopal a calligrapher from India and former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest-- contributes one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing.


OUR 2010 SPONSORS:

Frank Smith: a signsmith and calligrapher from Albany, New York, USA, who believes that handwriting is of great importance -- provided calligraphic certificates to each winner as the prize.


Mr. Ashok Batra: a former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest, from India -- donated one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing. He holds that writing on paper forges a personal bond that can never be achieved through the latest technologies like internet and mobile phones.The personal touch in handwritten letters, he believes, is incomparable.

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OUR 2009 SPONSORS:

Randal Carter: a pen and handwriting aficionado who believes that his handwriting has benefited from his years of participation in the World Handwriting Contest over the years (even though he never won) -- contributed one prize this year.

Frank Smith: a signsmith and calligrapher from Albany, New York, USA, who believes that handwriting is of great importance -- provided calligraphic certificates to each winner as the prize.

Mr. Ashok Batra: a former Lifetime Winner of the World Handwriting Contest, from India -- donated one writing instrument: a high-quality pen of his choosing. He holds that writing on paper forges a personal bond that can never be achieved through the latest technologies like internet and mobile phones.The personal touch in handwritten letters, he believes, is incomparable.

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 OUR 2008 SPONSOR:

Ann Alaia Woods: Columbus, , and also three-time World Pen-Champ (top-ranked winner) of the World Handwriting Contest (2005, 2006, and 2007)

Ann Alaia
          Woods

ANOTHER former Lifetime winner of the World Handwriting Contest (Mr. Ashok Batra, at a textile factory in India) agreed to donate one writing instrument -- a high-quality pen of his choosing.


OUR PRIOR SPONSORS:

Portland State University Division of Continuing Education: then home of the Getty-Dubay Handwriting Program (now published through Allport Editions)

Portland State Continuing
              Education Press sponsored the Contest from 2000 through 2007, but had to discontinue sponsorship in 2008, preparatory to ceasing operations in 2009.

Randal Carter: a pen and handwriting aficionado who believes that his handwriting has benefited from his years of participation in the World Handwriting Contest over the years (even though he never won) has pledged to contribute one prize this year.


To BECOME A SPONSOR, click here ...

 

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  1. WE HAVE JUDGED the 2013 World Handwriting Contest.

  2. The Contest received 248 entries : 

CLICK HERE to see the winning entries in the 2013 World Handwriting Contest!

CLICK HERE to see the entry rules for the 2014  World Handwriting Contest - NOW OPEN TO ALL AGES! (And kids under 8 don't have to write the whole quote!)

 

Handwriting for Humanity

MISSION STATEMENT

It shall be the purpose of Handwriting For Humanity to foster the study and use of handwritten communications.

The organization shall carry out this purpose through activities such as:

 

CREED:

HANDWRITING: that action of emotion, of thought, and of decision that has recorded the history of mankind, revealed the genius of invention, and disclosed the inmost depths of the soulful heart. It gives ideas tangible form through letters, pictographs, symbols, and signs. Handwriting forges a bond across millennia and generations that not only ties us to the thoughts and deeds of our forebears, but also serves as an irrevocable link to our humanity. Neither machines nor technology can replace or equal the contribution or continuing importance of this inexpensive portable skill. Necessary in every age, handwriting remains just as vital to the enduring saga of civilization as our next breath.

- Michael Sull

 

MOTTO:
EVERY HUMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO WRITE WELL.


Kate Gladstone, director-in-chief

James Williams, director emeritus

Thomas Hutson, international representative

and with grateful thanks to:

Michael Sull

Dottie Knudsen

the late John Schmits

Glen Bowen

Marie Picon

The "BESSIE'S PEACE" Fund established by Thomas Hutson of Consultimate

and ...

an anonymous donor

 

Corporate Address:

HANDWRITING FOR HUMANITY
World Handwriting Contest
c/o

Kate Gladstone -

Handwriting Repair

6-B Weis Road

Albany, New York 12208-1942

United States of America

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To those interested in handwriting - Welcome!


We would like to invite you to enter
WHC: the World Handwriting Contest

formerly the
AAHC: Annual American HandwritingCompetition and
WHAC: World Handwriting Achievement Contest

 

WHC (formerly AAHC and WHAC) grew out of the Nebraska Handwriting Contest founded in 1991 by Tom Hutson in memory of his late mother, Eva Margaret (Nielsen) Hutson, 1902-84, whose handwriting remained at an award-winning high level throughout her life. The Nebraska Contest still continues for Nebraskans, and gives credit to Mrs. Hutson every year, at the Nebraska Handwriting Contest Page of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. But ...

Not satisfied with a Nebraska-only (or even a USA-only) contest as a tribute to his mother, Tom Hutson set himself a larger goal: to establish a truly international contest by 2002 -- the 100th anniversary of her birth (and also the 480th anniversary of the first textbook on penmanship published in our alphabet). In 2001, we attained this goal a year ahead of schedule. Each year thereafter, we have done more, and we plan even greater doings for the future.

BECOME PART OF THIS: Share the following information on our handwritingcontest with any other person(s) or organization(s) you would like to interest in this contest and/or in penmanship generally.  KEEP IN MIND ALWAYS: There are people who have a zillion online degrees  but they never learned a handwriting they can take pride in ... There are people who spend a fortune getting an MBA online  or even the old-fashioned way, but they never managed to develop good handwriting ... There are people who attended every high-powered school  you can imagine, but they never acquired a clear, rapid, and attractive handwriting ... Whatever you have gained in life: if you have gained good handwriting, the World Handwriting Contest is your time and place to show it.

 

We would particularly enjoy hearing from:

 

Kate Gladstone

World Handwriting Contest

formerly the
AAHC: Annual American Handwriting Competition and
WHAC: World Handwriting Achievement Contest

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rules for entries:

click here for printer-friendly version of rules to print and share with others

WHEN DOES THE CONTEST BEGIN AND END?

T
he World Handwriting Contest accepts entries each year from January 1 until June 30. To qualify for prizes in a given year, an entry must arrive on or before June 30 of that year.

The Contest judges and director will select winners each year, beginning in July and continuing if necessary through September.

Prize-winners' names and writing-samples typically appear on this web-page as soon as possible after the judging - in other words, July or August when possible (but, if necessary, beginning in September or October) and remain on display here for a full year (until after the judging of the next year's contest), after which the new prize-winners' names and writing-samples will replace them.

WHC distributes prizes to the contest-winners each year, distributing all prizes by December.

Mail your entry as early as possible. Postal systems can take several days or weeks to deliver an envelope, particularly when the mail must travel between countries. We cannot accept any facsimile (fax) or electronic submissions.

PLEASE NOTE: We ask each writer to submit only one entry each year. An individual who has written more than one entry must select only one entry to send. In order to avoid overwork for our judges, beginning in 2008 the World Handwriting Contest will disqualify writers who send more than one entry.


WHO MAY ENTER ?

Anyone in the world, of any age, may enter the World Handwriting Contest. (Due to numerous requests, for 2007 we have decided to open the contest to all age groups.) Our team of judges will evaluate your entry within ONE of the following age groups.

1. Children (age 7 and under)
2. Pre-Teens (ages 8 through 12)
3. Teens (ages 13 through 19)
4. Adults (ages 20 through 64)
5. Seniors (age 65 and over)

(PLEASE NOTE that the term "Children" now designates entrants age 7 and under. To establish a contest division for the youngest entrants, for 2007 and subsequent years we have re-named the division for ages 8 through 12 the "Pre-Teen" group instead of "Children" as in 2006 and previous years.)

Within each age group, the judges will sort submissions into two categories of handwriting:

WHC will award first and second prizes in each of these categories and subcategories.

PLEASE NOTE: the judges - not the contest entrants - determine the category and subcategory in which each entry belongs.

Use either lined or unlined paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches or A4 size.

Use any of the following writing instruments: ballpoint pen, fountain pen, felt/fiber tip marker, or calligraphy pen/brush. (Use the same writing instrument throughout the entry). Because we scan winning entries for display, please use only black ink and white or light-colored paper (plain or lined) with no pre-printed pictures or decorations.

The written quote must fit on the front side of ONE sheet of paper. Allow at least a 1/2-inch margin on all sides of the quote.

On the backside of your entry (not on the front), write in English your full name, your full address, your age on July 1 of the year in which you enter, your phone number, and your e-mail address (if any). Please do not use a separate piece of paper for this information, and please do not write this information on the front of the entry. The back of each entry must contain that entry's own identifying information.) NOTE:The name and address must be as legible  as the entry

Students: Please give the school's name and address (phone number and e-mail address if available) along with your own name and address, your school to receive notification of your winning. All personal information will remain confidential. The World Handwriting Contest will use student information only to notify winners and, in an aggregate manner, for research purposes.

You do not have to send your first attempt; in fact, we expect that you will not send your first attempt. Remember that the allotted time runs from January 1st through June 30th, so take all the time you need to practice and send your best effort.

DO NOT cross out or make erasures. Do NOT send "rough drafts." If you make a mistake, start over: do NOT erase, cross out, "white out," or cover up your errors. Visible erasures/cross-outs/cover-ups/"whiting out" will count more heavily against your work than the original errors themselves.

Contest judges will evaluate entries based on each entry's demonstrated
LEGIBILITY (how easily we can read the writing),
FLUENCY (the smoothness, grace, and flow of the writing),
and
COMPETENCE (choice of layout and margins; spacing between letters, words, and lines; consistency of letter size and forms; accuracy of the quote; neatness and general appearance; spelling; and whether the entrant strove to follow the letter and spirit of the Contest rules).

All entries become the property of the Contest. The World Handwriting Contest will not return submitted entries.

WHEN MUST I ENTER?
Mail or hand-deliver your entries (to the "Handwriting for Humanity/World Handwriting Contest" address below) in time to arrive on or before June 30th.

(Please note: until the first day of judging (July 1st), all material marked "World Handwriting Contest" or "Handwriting For Humanity" will remain unopened. If you have general inquiries about the contest and need a response before the judging begins, do not put the words "Handwriting for Humanity/World Handwriting Contest" onto the envelope.)

Do NOT mail your entries before January 1. We cannot accept entries with postmark-dates from the previous year.


WHAT YOU MUST WRITE:

FOR CHILDREN THROUGH AGE 12

HANDWRITING: that action of emotion, of thought, and of decision that has recorded the history of mankind, revealed the genius of invention, and disclosed the inmost depths of the heart. Handwriting ties us to the thoughts and deeds of our forebears and serves as an irrevocable link to our humanity. No machine or technology can replace the contribution or continuing importance of this skill. It has been necessary in every age and is just as vital to civilization as our next breath.
-Michael R. Sull-

FOR AGES 13 AND OVER

HANDWRITING: that action of emotion, of thought, and of decision that has recorded the history of mankind, revealed the genius of invention, and disclosed the inmost depths of the soulful heart. It gives ideas tangible form through written letters, pictographs, symbols, and signs. Handwriting forms a bond across millennia and generations that not only ties us to the thoughts and deeds of our forebears, but also serves as an irrevocable link to our humanity. Neither machines nor technology can replace the contribution or continuing importance of this inexpensive portable skill. Necessary in every age, handwriting remains just as vital to the enduring saga of civilization as our next breath.
-Michael R. Sull-

WHERE DO I MAIL MY ENTRY ?

All entries (handwritten copy-quotes in your handwriting) must go directly to this address :

HANDWRITING FOR HUMANITY
World Handwriting Contest
c/o Kate Gladstone - Handwriting Repair

6-B Weis Road

Albany, New York 12208-1942

United States of America

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Winners of the 2013 competition:

 

GRAND WINNER ("World PEN-Champ")
World Champ-PEN-Ship inter-contest round (in which our first-prize winners compete against the first-prize winners of other handwriting competitions for recognition as
the world's best handwriter) -

 


 

OUR REIGNING PEN-CHAMP!

Terry Sykes



Purston, Pontefract, West Yorkshire


England UK

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

This year's World Champ-PEN, is Terry Sykes, the winner in our contest for 65 and above Artistic Handwriting. He previously won Second Place for 65 and above Artistic Handwriting in 2012

In the Contest's World Champ-PEN-Ship round each year, we compare first-prize entries in the World Handwriting Contest with first-prize entries in one or more other handwriting contests that have asked to take part in the World Champ-PEN-Ship.

In the Champ-PEN-Ship for 2007, five other handwriting contests took part along with the World Handwriting Contest click here for details on these other participating contests.


 

age 65 and above, Functional Handwriting (Cursive) -

 first place: Keith Faller
   Burnly Lancashire
  England

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place:   Cathleen D'Agostino
  Bayville NJ
  USA



CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 

age 65 and above, Functional Handwriting (Manuscript) -


 first place:

no competent entries

 
 


 second place:  

no competent entries

   
 
 

age 65 and above, Artistic Handwriting -

 first place:  

Terry Sykes

  Purston, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
  England UK
 

TWO-TIME WINNER: in the 2012 World Handwriting Contest, Ronald J. Gordon won a second place prize for

Artistic Handwriting in the age 65 and is this years Word Champ-PEN

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 

 second place: I

Barbara Barnett

 

Casstleford, West Yorkshire

    England UK
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 20 - 64, Functional Handwriting (Cursive)

 first place: Schin Long
  Las Vegas NV
  USA

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: Jade Barclay
  Oakland CA

 

USA
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 20 - 64, Functional Handwriting (Manuscript)

 first place:  Donya Nosente Diop
  Los Angeles, CA
  USA

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: Nno competent entries


 
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample

age 20 - 64, Artistic Handwriting -

 first place:  Abdul Basiit
  Lahore
  Pakistan


CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: l

Serene Lock Sow Mun

   Ipoh, Perak
  Malaysia
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 13 - 19, Functional Handwriting (Cursive)

 First place:

Aivan Ngo Chang

 

Garden Grove, CA

  USA

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!


 second place:  Nishanthi Mathiyalargan
 
Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  India

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!


age 13 - 19, Functional Handwriting (Manuscript)

 first place: Ka Ching Jennifer Mak
  Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
  China

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!


 second place:

Mei Lin Chen

 

Mississauga, Ontario

 

Canada

TWO-TIME WINNER: in the 2012 World Handwriting Contest, Mei Lin Chen won a First prize for

Functional  Handwriting (Manuscript) in the13 through 19 age group

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 13 - 19, Artistic Handwritiong

 first place:  Nishtha Malik
  Kota, Rajasthan
  India

TWO-TIME WINNER: in the 2012 World Handwriting Contest, Nishtha Malik won a first place prize for

Artistic Handwriting in the 13 through 19 age group


CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: Nicholas Robert Bedwell
 
Killeen , Texas 76542
  USA
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!


age 8-12 , Functional Handwriting (Cursive)

 first place:

Nguyen Ng

  Tuyhoa, Phuyen
  Viet Nam
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 

second place

Swornima Shakya




Kathmandu
 

Nepal

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 8-12 , Functional Handwriting (Manuscript)

 first place:

no competent entries

 



 
 


 second place: Kno competent entries
 
 


 


age 8-12 , Artistic Handwriting

 First place:  No entries
 
 
 

 second place: No entries
 
 
 

age 7 and under , Functional Handwriting (Cursive)

 first place: Braxton Horstine
  Prospect KY
 USA
 
CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: Darius Lim Wei Chen
 


 Singapore
 

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

age 7 and under , Functional Handwriting (Manuscript)

 first place: Anwesha Sutar

 

  Kolkata,  West Benga
 India

CLICK HERE to see this writer's prize-winning sample!

 second place: no competent entries


 
 
 


age 7 and under, Artistic Handwriting

 first place:
  • no entries in this subcategory
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     second place: no entries in this subcategory
     
     
     

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    Expected Handwriting Quality:

     

    WHC evaluates handwriting quality on these factors:

    Good Style

    The best of our World Handwriting Contest winners for the current year wrote as well as, or better than, this.

    World Handwriting Contest winners for future years probably will write this well or better, too.

    (Can you do as well as our entrants, or better? If so, we look forward to seeing you enter in this year and future years.)

    However, these handwritings (below) do not come up to the expected level of quality.

    Writings like these do not tend to do well in the World Handwriting Contest.

     

    WHC acknowledges that
    a diversity of models exists good handwriting may take many forms

    and that
    a winning penmanship can harmoniously combine the influences of more than one style of handwriting.

     

    The directors of WHC do not regard
    an entry written in one particular style or type of writing as inherently "better" or "more mature" or "more desirable" than an entry of equal quality written in some other style (or written in a personal style which harmoniously combines the influences of more than one style or method of writing).

    For example:

    Generally, WHC does not require or prefer handwriting to adhere to this or that specific style of writing. An entry that follows a given handwriting-method does not receive "extra credit" from WHAC over an equally high-quality entry which shows a "mixed" influence, and/or which otherwise departs from one or more particulars of a taught system of penmanship.

    WHC does expect easily legible, fluent writing whose slant (if any), size, spacing, and overall rhythm remain reasonably consistent throughout. With regard to these and other factors, the WHC takes the writer's age into full consideration.

    For practical reasons, the WHC also takes into account the number of entries received in any given year. The more entries we receive, the stiffer competition any given entry will face, and the more stringently we will apply our standards for judging.

    Happy writing!
      The judges may disallow any entry whose quality does not meet the quality standards for winning a prize, even if there are no other entries in that Division.

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    prizes:

    PRIZES

    to be awarded solely on the recommendation of the judges and directors of WHC.

     

    WHC will distribute its prizes for this year's Contest before the conclusion of the current calendar year. (Distribution of prizes may begin as late as mid-October). Additionally, the management of the WHC has already begun arranging to obtain prizes and sponsorship for the next year's Contest. (Want to help? Let us know!)

    Responsibility for final determination of prizes awarded at all levels will lie with the Directors of WHC (the World Handwriting Contest), whose officers will use the following factors in determining the prize distribution:

    Each winning entrant
    will receive at least one prize.

    WHC will award at least two prizes in each of its age-divisions (a first prize and a second prize).

    For the current year, each winner will receive a caligraphed cerificate.


    plans for the future:

    What does WHC's future hold?

     

    /1/ First and foremost, for 2007 and future years writers of ALL ages may enter the contest. Our previous limitation of entry to those aged 8 and above came from a concern among some judges that younger entrants might lack the skill or the desire to compete against others. However, we have learned better: thanks to numerous requests from parents, teachers, entrants, and (most of all) from those aged 7 and under who wished to enter but who could not enter under the old rules. For 2007 and thereafter, we have therefore established a "Children" group for these youngest entrants. Accordingly, we have re-named the previous "Children" group (entrants 8 through 12) the "Pre-Teen" group for 2007 and future years.

    /2/ As always, in the current year and future years we plan to continue encouraging the ever-increasing participation in this worldwide contest, through media outreach and other means. This will depend on support from our sponsors (and any other interested individuals) in the coming year and future years.

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    In addition, we plan to continue expanding our top-level "World Champ-PEN-Ship" round of inter-contest competition, which provides WHC first-prize winners with the opportunity to test their skills against the first-prize winners of other handwriting contests (such as the PEN WORLD Handwriting Contest in years when this operates separately from the WHC, the Handwriting Contest of the Society for Italic Handwriting, and other contests which come to our attention and which would like to participate) for the ultimate prize of "World PEN-Champ.") In previous years, participating contests have included the HandwritingContest of PEN WORLD INTERNATIONAL magazine, the Handwriting Contest of the Society for Italic Handwriting, the Young Innovators' Club Handwriting Contest established by Indian businesswoman Maya Balani, and the CHAMBER Handwriting Contest established by Akron, Ohio community leader Jane A. Polk. We hope to continue adding more international, national, and local/regional contests each year to our World Champ-PEN-Ship roster.

    CONTESTS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN THE WORLD HANDWRITING CONTEST'S

    WORLD CHAMP-PEN-SHIP ROUND:

    /1/ the World Handwriting Contest itself

    We believe that top-flight competition among established prize-winners in penmanship greatly encourages public interest in handwriting.

    If you - or some person/organization you know - runs or promotes a handwriting contest of any sort (local, state-level, regional, national, or other), we would like to work along with you to create future top-level prize/publicity/other opportunities for your penmanship champions and ours.

    We would take particular interest in working along with handwriting contests run by:

    HANDWRITING FOR HUMANITY
    World Handwriting Contest
    c/o Kate Gladstone - Handwriting Repair

    6-B Weis Road

    Albany, New York 12208-1942

    United States of America

    ATTENTION: Champ-PEN-Ship/

    PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

     

    /2/

    WHC's future plans also include conducting handwriting -surveys and other data-collection/research/publication to document the current state of handwriting in the USA and other nations, and to make the public aware of the state of our handwriting.

    Using handwriting-contest entries and other data on the state of handwriting worldwide, over the coming years WHC hopes to provide the public with listings of which nations/regions/cities show the most (and the least) legible handwriting.

    (As opportunity offers, WHC may also conduct surveys/data-collection regarding other aspects of handwriting.)

    Implementing these plans will depend on available funding, sponsorship, and public interest. Once WHC can implement these plans, we will post results to this site as they become available.

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    BECOME A SPONSOR


    If you, your firm, or your organization would like to help the work of WHC (for instance, by providing prizes, publicity, contributions, and/or other forms of assistance or sponsorship), please contact:

    HANDWRITING FOR HUMANITY
    World Handwriting Contest
    c/o Kate Gladstone

    Handwriting Repair
    325 South Manning Boulevard
    Albany, New York 12208-1731 USA
    ATTENTION: SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORT

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    Again - we wish you


    Good Luck ...
    ... and Happy Writing!

    Kate Gladstone


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