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Magazine teams up with National Stationery Week to celebrate monarch’s 90th birthday

Yours magazine is launching a competition in conjunction with National Stationery Week to create a 90th birthday card for the Queen.

The issue of Yours, the UK’s best-selling fortnightly consumer magazine with a 270,000-plus circulation, hits newsstands tomorrow (Tuesday 2 February) with the aim of getting readers’ children and grandchildren to harness their creativity for Her Majesty’s big day.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 on 21 April – her official birthday is marked in June with the Trooping The Colour ceremony – and all entries to the competition will be forwarded to Buckingham Palace.

The competition is split across three age categories – seven and under, eight to 11 and 12 to15 – with a £200 bundle of prizes from National Stationery Week sponsors Bic, Maped Helix, Nu Notebooks, Sheaffer and Staedtler for the winner selected in each section, and £25 for the each category runner-up.

Yours have previously run a competition to create a card for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Entries for the birthday competition should be 16cmx23cm or smaller and must be submitted before 14 March 2016 with the winning cards to be featured in Yours issue 243, available from 12 April.

National Stationery Week is organised by the London Stationery Show and runs from 25 April to 1 May as a celebration of the handwritten word.

Chris Leonard-Morgan, who organises both NSW and the London Stationery Show – which runs at the Business Design Centre in Islington on Tuesday and Wednesday 26-27 April – said: “Let’s get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often – especially children – and send more letters and cards, especially to those we care for, rather than just text or email. It’s much more personal.”

To register to be a participating retailer in National Stationery Week, contact

T: 020 8462 0721

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