Administered by the University of Nebraska at Kearney, endorsed by the Nebraska

State Education Association, and the Nebraska Department of Education, with prizes sponsored by




The twenty-seventh NEBRASKA HANDWRITING CONTEST will be held in early 2017 to promote legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.  Any Nebraska resident is eligible to participate, with prizes being awarded in four categories: ages 12 and under, ages 13 - 16, ages 17 - 49; and ages 50 and over.




1.         The text provided on this page should be written in any of the various styles of cursive handwriting rather than printed.  Each performance of writing will be judged as a whole according to ease of reading.  The writing should feature not only a fluent rhythmic movement but also a technically correct performance of specifications such as the slope, space, size, and shape of the letters.  The goal of the work is disciplined freedom of movement.


2.         The competitor can choose the paper and the writing instrument to use as long as the paper is 8 1/2" X 11".  The general layout of the entry (choice of margins and line spacing) will be taken into account along with overall neatness.


3.         Only one entry may be submitted by each competitor.  The competitor must write his or her name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address on the back of the entry, indicating age as of February 1, 2017.  Students should also write the name and address of their school and the name of their teacher.  Note:  teachers, please submit only the top three or four entries from your class after your own local judging.


4.         Entries may be submitted anytime after March 1, 2017, but must be received no later than March 31, 2017 at: NEBRASKA HANDWRITING CONTEST, Attention: Julie Agard, University of Nebraska at Kearney, College of Education, Kearney, NE  68849.  All entries become the property of the Nebraska Handwriting Contest and will be retained with the right to use them in full or in part in exhibitions and/or publications.





The Sequel Bookshop of Kearney, Nebraska, will provide Nebraska winners a

First and Second Place Award for excellence in penmanship in each age category.


First Place - $25 Gift Certificate

Second Place - $15 Gift Certificate


Prizes to be awarded solely on the recommendations of the judges.

Award winners will be announced to the press and posted on the website by April 30, 2017



- In memory of Eva Hutson -






Text for Competitors Age 12 and Under:


Jupiter and the Camel

When the camel, in days of yore, besought Jupiter to grant him horns, for that it was a great grief to him to see other animals furnished with them, while he had none. Jupiter not only refused to give him the horns he asked for, but cropped his ears short for his importunity.

By asking too much, we may lose the little that we had before.

An Aesop Fable



Text for Competitors Age 13 and Over:



The Enchanted Bluff

This was our last watch fire of the year, and there were reasons why I should remember it better than any of the others. Next week the other boys were to file back to their old places in the Sandtown High School, but I was to go up to the Divide to teach my first country school in the Norwegian district. I was already homesick at the thought of quitting the boys with whom I had always played; of leaving the river, and going up into a windy plain that was all windmills and cornfields and big pastures; where there was nothing willful or unmanageable in the landscape, no new islands, and no chance of unfamiliar birds--such as often followed the watercourses.

By Willa Cather