Julie Agard
assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education, 308.865.8556

Entries for the 16th annual Nebraska Handwriting Contest are being accepted now through March 31, according to Julie Agard, University of Nebraska at Kearney teacher education faculty member and contest director.
“The contest is open to all Nebraska residents and is designed to promote legible handwriting as an effective means of communication,” Agard said. The contest was created in 1991 by Tom Hutson of Red Cloud in memory of his mother Eva.

Conducted by the UNK Department of Teacher Education, the contest is endorsed and supported by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska State Education Association, with gift certificates donated by Follett’s Campus Bookstore in Kearney. Award winners will be announced to the news
media and posted on the Web site by April 30.

A $25 gift certificate for first place and a $15 gift certificate for second will be awarded in each of the four categories. Competition is divided into  categories by age: ages 12 and under, ages 13-16, ages 17-49, and ages 50 and over. Participants will copy official text for their age group. The text to be copied and the rules are available at and The information is also available by request from the Nebraska Handwriting Contest, Attention: Julie Agard, Department of Teacher Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849.

Entries should be sent to Agard at the above address no later than March 31. 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. Those wishing to receive results of the contest should include two (2) self-addressed stamped envelopes with their entry.

“The goal of the work is disciplined freedom of movement,” Agard said. The writing should feature fluent, rhythmic movement as well as 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,” Agard said.