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. There was no winner in 2018, but a special prize was awarded to Gina Youens.

This prize will next be awarded in 2019 and entries will be accepted from 1 May 2019. Closing date 14 Nov 2019.

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 14 November 2019. 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 2018
This competition is getting harder and harder to judge. This year we received no fewer than 589 entries from five schools, an increase of almost 30% on last year. This has led to even tougher decisions at the margins of difference, as the standard has again increased. To be more precise, the winning entries, the runners-up and the highly commended are again of the same high standard, but those behind them have improved markedly, making the gaps even narrower. For this reason the entrants who receive special mention, though coming away empty-handed (save for the knowledge of being in the top 12 percent), can be considered as very worthy indeed.

That said, there were a few entries which seem to have been executed in something of a devil-may-care style, without much attention to layout or neatness, or even legibility, but we choose to applaud them for entering at all rather than being critical of their failings. We continue to be delighted by the response to this competition and we welcome all entries, regardless of skill levels. Anything which encourages pupils to commit pen to paper is worthwhile in our view.

The judges were keen to point out, for future reference, that some entries were written in ballpoint pen, and there was also a tendency to add spaces in front of commas or semi-colons and to dispense with proper margins. Of greater concern was the number of incomplete entries. Perhaps we expect too much in the fairly short time that teachers may allocate, or perhaps some pupils think they can choose between the verse and the prose rather than do both. There were some entries of this type which were promising, and some which were included in the final judging for merit, but which we felt we could not justifiably reward beyond a special mention.

The winners and runners-up were presented with their prizes at the Quill Pen Reception for the Sheriffs at the Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry on Tuesday 12 February 2019. Many thanks to all who took part, and to their teachers for encouraging them to do so. The 2018 results are as follows::


Year 6

Highly Commended:
Flavia Berendsen
City of London School for Girls
Anja Collinson
City of London Freemen’s School
Felix Houseman
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Austin Pearman
City of London School
Gargy Shroff
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Eleanor Sturges
City of London Freemen’s School
Matilda Zanollo
City of London School for Girls

Runners-up:
Audrey Hunter
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Luke Pakenham
City of London School

Winner:
Claire Wigglesworth
St Paul’s Cathedral School


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Year 7

Highly Commended:
Eugene Bae
City of London School
Agatha Fancourt
City of London School for Girls
Yasmeen Kamali
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Ola Hashemi
City of London Freemen’s School
Daya Talwa
City of London School
Lucas Yang
City of London School

Runners-up:
Grace Butler
City of London School for Girls
Phoebe Jory
City of London Freemen’s School
Ayushi Soni
City of London Freemen’s School

Winner:
Ulrika Sommergyll
City of London School for Girls


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Year 8

Highly Commended:
Oliver Chen
City of London School
Sasha Collett-White
City of London School
Nimah El-Kanfoudi
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Ihfaz Islam
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Ekin Seren Kaya
Sir John Cass Red Coat School

Runners-up:
Abby Burgoyne
City of London Freemen’s School
Amar Jugoo
City of London School
Ryan Yapa
City of London School

Winner:
Keira Au
City of London Freemen’s School


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Year 9

Highly Commended:
Mia Cappiello
City of London School for Girls
Ines Choi
City of London School for Girls
Nazifa Jannah
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Karlum Lau
City of London School for Girls
Ella McEver
City of London School for Girls
Jessica Song
City of London Freemen’s School

Runners-up:
Olivia Hart
City of London Freemen’s School
Kadeja Rahman
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
India Robb
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Eva Poliakova
City of London School for Girls


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Special mentions to:

Year 6
Emma Balduini, SPCS
Bella Kermisch, CLSG
Daisy McCullagh, CLSG
Arjan Patel, CLS
Aki Simonsen, CLS
Lucinda Stevens, CLSG
Ho-Yan Thum, CLFS
Thalia Watkins, CLSG
r 7 Year 7
Paris Androulidakis, CLS
Johnny Brindle, CLS
Yukai Cheng, CLS
Vihaan Kelkar, CLS
Finn Kjaergaard, SPCS
Emilia Lopes Varandas, CLSG
Lucas Wagner, CLS

Year 8
Shahara Begum, SJCR
Lucas Emmott, SPCS
Qifan Guo, CLS
Lana Hilber, CLSG
Mia Hutchins, CLSG
Camille Libby, CLSG
Jonathan Lukomski, CLS
Daniel Meah, CLS
Verity Morley, SPCS

Year 9
Fedra Androulidaki, CLSG
Habiba Anjum, SJCR
Daisy Bo Johnson, CLSG
Elaine Li, CLFS
Maxim Lyashenko, CLS
Jacob Sanders, CLS

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