2017 Graceful Envelope Contest

Calligraphers everywhere are invited to participate in the 23rd annual Graceful
Envelope Contest, conducted by the Washington (DC) Calligraphers Guild and the
National Association of Letter Carriers. The contest is open to all ages, with
separate categories for children. There is no entry fee.

This year’s theme—Pushing The Envelope—embraces two concepts at the heart of the Graceful Envelope Contest.

The first meaning dares you to take your creativity beyond your comfort zone. “Push the envelope” and find new ways to use graphic design, hand lettering and postage stamps to enhance your entry. It may be a small canvas, but you are capable of big ideas.

Your entry should also “push the envelope” in the sense of promoting the exchange of letters. Depict the joy of letter writing. Or salute an American tradition as old as the US Constitution, which empowered Congress “to establish post offices and post roads.”

Address your envelope artistically to:
The Graceful Envelope
100 Indiana Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

POSTMARK DEADLINE: Monday, March 27, 2017

Winners will be chosen based on artistic hand lettering, creative interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design, including incorporation of postage stamp(s).

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