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Enter the Heroes Stamp Design Competition

Honouring the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic... on stamps


For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated British history and achievement. Stamps have also been issued to honour the achievements of many British people. Often, the people who appear on stamps are already famous. They include scientists and explorers, writers, artists, musicians, athletes, and Prime Ministers.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there have been many people who have done great things. Many of them are not famous, but they have done extraordinary work. These are the people who have helped us all through a really difficult time. Some are frontline workers in healthcare, others look after elderly or vulnerable people.

Millions of key workers have kept the country going when most of us were told to stay home for our own safety. And there have been many people who volunteered to help people in their communities who needed help or support. We think that what these people have done makes them heroes, so Royal Mail wants to honour them by producing a set of eight stamps.

The stamps will feature designs created by eight school-aged children. We are asking our young designers to think about who their hero or heroes are, and to then design a stamp in their honour. A special panel of judges will pick the winning designs. The final eight stamps will be sent to Her Majesty The Queen before they can be printed and issued.

All children aged 4-14 from across the UK (except residents of the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) can enter the competition through their school, or independently from a school with permission from an adult.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021.


Overall Winners x 8:£1,000£1,000 vouchers
Regional Winners x 16:£500£500 vouchers
Regional Runners Up x 96:£100£100 vouchers

Freepost details

Post entries (together with the correct covering entry form) back to this freepost address:

Freepost RUCE-TCYJ-BHCU, Heroes Stamp Design Competition, Denne Court, Hengist Field, Oad Street, Sittingbourne, ME9 8LT.

Please print out a freepost label below. No stamps are required.

Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021.

Competition Resources

Use these free resources to enter the competition. The presentations provide inspiration for pupils and can help spark ideas. They contain tips for stamp designing, and show previous stamp designs. There is also a certificate for you to reward pupils for taking part.