Calligraphy:

The Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination


The Peter Esslemont Prize is awarded in the form of a certificate, a cheque for £500, and an opportunity to exhibit examples of the winner’s work at a major livery event in the City of London.

This prize will next be awarded in 2018 and entries will be accepted from 1 May 2018. Closing date 15 Nov 2018.

Entries should consist of three or more pieces of original work by the entrant, which should not have been entered into any other competition, and which should be received in the Clerk’s office by Thursday 15 November 2018. The decision of the judges will be final. There are no age restrictions. The only requirement is that entrants should live and/or work in the UK.

Further information and an entry form can be obtained from the Clerk's office (see Contact).

Handwriting:

Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools


JUDGES’ REPORT AND RESULTS 2017
This year we received the highest ever number of entries – more than three times the number in previous years - partly because we introduced a Year 6 category for all schools and partly because we had a very large number of entries (over 200) from one school (CLSB). The overall total was 455 entries from five schools, and the standard has generally been high, which has made the judging the most difficult to date.

However, it is also very encouraging to see entries from some pupils whose handwriting skills are not going to compete at the top level, but the fact that they took the trouble to enter is to be applauded and we hope that those who do not feature in these results will not be discouraged from trying again.

To reflect the much-increased number of entrants, as well as the high standard, we have introduced Special Mentions for those who were very close to being Highly Commended, but didn’t quite get there, sometimes for very minor reasons. And of course the judging is always a matter of subjective opinion. We continue to look for style, neatness, consistency, spacing and overall presentation, and it is often a small lapse in one of these areas that makes the difference between a winner and a runner-up or a highly commended and a special mention. But we also don’t penalise neat crossings out or other small well-managed errors, though there were several who repeatedly referred to Lord Byron as Bryon!

One fairly common practice was to ignore the use of margins when using plain paper, or if using a left-hand margin then ignoring the use of any spacing on the right-hand side, so that the prose text very often went right to the edge of the paper. There were also several entries in biro and even pencil, which we exclude in the rules, as well as some incomplete entries.

Another adjustment this year is that we have awarded recognition under three headings: Winner, Runners-up and Highly Commended. We have dispensed with the Commended category, but this is simply because ‘Runner-up’ and ‘Highly Commended’ were previously interchangeable. Additionally, ‘Commended’ perhaps didn’t quite do justice to the narrowness of some decisions. The prizes remain the same in that the winners and runners-up are invited to the presentation ceremony at the Old Bailey on 6 February at 5.15pm, along with parents, teachers or guardians, and those highly commended will receive certificates sent to their schools. As before, winners will receive certificates and Amazon vouchers to the value of £100, and runners-up will receive certificates and Scriveners’ fountain pens.

Once again, many thanks to all who took part, and to their teachers for encouraging them to do so. We hope it has been a rewarding exercise. We are delighted to announce that the 2017 results are as follows:


Year 6

Highly Commended:
Noah Mitchell
City of London School
Amara Scott-Joynt
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Theone Turton
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Lucas Yang
City of London School
Georgina Watkin
City of London Freemen’s School

Runner-up:
Alice Cook
City of London Freemen’s School

Winner:
Phoebe Jory
City of London Freemen’s School

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Year 7


Highly Commended:
Harry Glyn
City of London School
Nusaibah Hussain
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Farhana Khatun
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Mia Hutchins
City of London School for Girls
Vishnu Linkeshwaran
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Ryan Yapa
City of London School

Runners-up:
Abby Burgoyne
City of London Freemen’s School
Ella Jackson
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Keira Au
City of London Freemen’s School

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Year 8

Highly Commended:
Henri Amato-Long
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Mia Cappiello
City of London School for Girls
Poppy Norton
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Eva Poliakova
City of London School for Girls
Ana Rodriguez-Algaba
City of London School for Girls
Yi Nuo Li
City of London School for Girls

Runners-up:
Ida Lambrette
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Karlum Lau
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Ines Choi
City of London School for Girls

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Year 9


Highly Commended:
Atharva Beesen
City of London School
Callum Cheung
City of London School
Medina Hussain
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Jonathan Leas
City of London School
Erik Sier
City of London School


Runner-up:
Kehan Zhu
City of London School

Winner:
Syeda Sultana
Sir John Cass Red Coat School

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Special mentions to:

Shinil Balakrishnan, CLSB, Year 6
Rufus Graham-Maw, CLFS, Year 6
Aarav Sharma, CLSB, Year 6

Ria Agius, CLFS, Year 7
Armaan Ahmed, SPCS, Year 7
Jaya Chandel, CLSG, Year 7
James Clegg, CLFS, Year 7
Krishan Dilipkumar, CLSB, Year 7
Isaac Dutson, SPCS, Year 7
Nimah El-Kanfoudi, SJCS, Year 7
Lucas Emmott, SPCS, Year 7
Joshua Fidler, SPCS, Year 7
Ihfaz Islam, SJCS, Year 7
Daniel Meah, CLSB, Year 7
Anna Nicolosi, CLSG, Year 7

Pardis Ajala, CLSG, Year 8
Amelie Branford, CLSG, Year 8
Sofia Buschman, CLSG, Year 8
Micah Chote, CLSB, Year 8
Benjamin Hee, CLSB, Year 8
Katie Jakeways, CLSG, Year 8
Daisy Bo Johnson, CLSG, Year 8
Silas Knox, CLSB, Year 8
Daisy Lancaster, CLSG, Year 8
Ethan O’Shea, CLSB, Year 8
Lucia Paoli, CLSG, Year 8
Charlotte Raphael, CLSG, Year 8
Ibrahim Shamyl, CLSB, Year 8

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