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New American Cursive Handwriting Contest for Grades One Through Three

Entry Deadline: April 10th

Encourage your students to enter the NAC Penmanship contest. The excitement of the contest can be a great incentive for students to practice their best handwriting. 

Handwriting Contest Instructions:

Each entry needs to be written on 8 ½ x 11 white paper, lined or unlined, or use one of the reproducible pages in the back of the NAC workbook, or one of the templates provided on the website.  The sample can be written with either pen or pencil. Philippians 4:8 or The Pledge of Allegiance can be used (but not required) for the handwriting sample. The sample should be confined to one page of writing.

Three handwriting specialists will judge the entries submitted.  They will score the cursive entries on legibility, neatness, shape, slant, spacing, size, spelling and accuracy.  Entries will be judged by grade level.

Contest rules

  1. This contest is open to students in grades one through three who are using The New American Cursive alphabet.
  2. On the front of the entry page the student needs to include age, grade and gender.
  3. On the back of the entry page the student’s full name; address or school should be written by the student, but proofread by an adult to make sure it is readable.
    Include a method of winner notification, i.e. email address, phone number, mailing address, etc.

Handwriting samples submitted may be used by NAC® for educational purposes.

Looking to improve your cursive before submitting?

Want to improve your cursive handwriting before submitting to the contest?  Check out our workbooks to learn more about letterforms, or create your own practice sheets with our StartWrite/NAC Software.

Entries need to be postmarked by:

April 10th

Mail to: New American Cursive Contest
501 Village Lake Dr.Louisville, KY 40245​