National Stationery Week 2014 – Competition




national stationery week 2014

** Competition is now closed **

In case you didn’t already know it, National Stationery Week starts on Monday and runs until Sunday. We do like to celebrate this annual event and do something a bit different, and so this year we have decided to have a big giveaway. Yes, we have selected 10 of our favourite stationery items and we will give them away. Just like that…well, almost.

What do I need to do?

In time honoured fashion you just need to complete the statement below:

“I’m a stationery addict because…”

Please make your entry as personal, humourous, offbeat, silly or downright surreal. Tell a story if you want (but not too long, please). We like to think that we are not your conventional stationery business and so we will pick entries based on a similar criteria. It doesn’t have to be funny, but it does have to tick that ‘unexpected’ box.

There is no minimum or maximum length for your entry, but it needs to say enough to persuade us.

We will pick our favourite entry and award it out top prize – the Herbin Tempete fountain pen (worth £85). We love this pen, and everytime I have an excuse to use one I use the office Tempete pen and it writes so beautifully. We will also pick 9 runners-up and they will win one of the other items we have chosen.

herbin tempete

How do I enter?

Send in your answer before by the end of Sunday 6 April. You can send in your entry in almost any way you choose:

  • add it as a comment on this blog
  • you can email it to me (
  • post it on Twitter if it’s short enough (@bureaudirect – make sure use the hashtag #bdnsw14)
  • add it to our Facebook page ( – feel free to like our page whilst you are there
  • you could even post a handwritten entry, as long as it arrives in time (post to Bureau Direct (BDNSW14), 8 Stanley Gardens, London, W3 7SZ

We will only accept one entry per person so make it your best one.

What do I win?

As mentioned, there are 10 prizes. These are 10 items of stationery that we really love, most of them pretty new. Some so new they haven’t even arrived yet! There is one top prize, and 9 runners-up prizes which will be randomly awarded to the 9 next-best entries. The prizes are:

Top Prize:

1 – Herbin Tempete Pen

Runners-Up Prizes:

2 – Paperways A5 Pads (set of all 4)

3 – Harinacs Staple-less Stapler

4 – Field Notes ‘Shelterwood’ Edition (so new it’s still being shipped from the US)

5 – Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen Fountain Pen

6 – Kokuyo Green Pencil Case

7 – MT Wamon Tape Set

8 – Coccoina Glue

9 – Herbin Pen-&-Ink Set

10 – Papelote Amok Notebooks

When will I know if I have won?

We will draw a winner next Monday and announce it (hopefully) in Stationery Wednesday on 9 April. We will let the winners know, and we will publish the winner and 9 runners-up on our blog and on Stationery Wednesday next week.

Any terms and conditions…?

Not many, but there are a few:

  1. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person and/or delivery address.
  2. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified!
  3. Entry is restricted to people who enter their details as stated.
  4. Prize can only be sent to a valid UK address.
  5. The winner will be chosen by Bureau Direct.
  6. The winner will be contacted via email, and the name will displayed on this website.
  7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  8. The competition will run from 31 March 2014 until midnight on 4 April 2014 and all qualifying orders within these dates will be entered.
  9. is compliant with the Data Protection Act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.
  10. Competition not open to employees of Bureau Direct.

NB: Apologies – it was originally reported that the Tempete pen was worth £99 – my mistake, it is worth £85.

Reader Comments

  1. “I am a stationery addict because…when I put my pen or pencil on paper, my fantasy starts running free, it’s just a competition with yourself. No devices, simply human as it should be.”

  2. I’m a stationery addict because I depend upon notebooks, notes and paper to organize my business and creative thoughts. There is a quiet beauty to writing down thoughts in doodle form or words, scratching and spreading ink on paper makes one think differentially and dare I say, with more thought and consideration than via digital formats. I appreciate the shape of letters, the combination of words, the vibrancy and shading of the ink and the feel of the pen.

    I can carry my notebooks and reference at any time or fold a piece of paper and slip it into my wallet or pocket. Batteries run out, files are deleted but a piece of paper, unlike my memory, endures.

    I also depend upon reminder lists to keep everything organized. Often an idea comes to mind while watching TV or in the middle of the night and I can always reach for my pad and pen and jot a note to remind me the next day. Some times I leave sheer brilliance on the pad while at other times I remark at some jibberish scratching which turn out to be ridiculous or just amusing.

    I once wrote down that Alitalia planes should look like spaghetti (engines as meatballs) and that the pasta tomato lobby should pay for this marketing brainstorm.

  3. I write letters to family, i have 3 teens at uni, 6th form and school, i enter postcard competitions, write reviews for product testing. I always need a pen and card and paper and an envelope

  4. I’m a stationery addict because kindness can be found in small gestures, comfort in small actions.

    Earlier this year I received a letter from my 92 year old relative – she’s almost blind and yet had taken time to select a card and write a hand written note. My son recently wrote ‘botom’ on a scrap of paper and smuggled it home in his school bag to show me his expert spelling. I’ll treasure both.

    For me stationery is the perfect combination of taking some time to concentrate on what someone else might like to receive and indulging selfishly in the simple pleasure of the sensation of a good ink on smooth paper.

  5. I`m a stationery addict because my imagination can flow, I can leave notes as I go, I can write you a letter, draw hearts and make lists, write out a joke and practice my strokes.

  6. I am a stationary addict because, in the desperate quest to find a particular notebook with a good line spacing and fountain pen friendly, I ended up trying 16 different brands for a grand total of 34 different models. And I haven’t found what I really want yet, so I will keep trying!

  7. I am a stationery addict because because I love books, and I love writing. A handwritten page means so much more than an electronic email!

  8. I am a stationery addict because it reminds me of being a child in a sweet shop, gazing up at the rows of jars full of brightly coloured treats and wanting it all.

  9. I’m a stationery addict because I love writing letters and postcards and sending them all over the world to give people joy. It’s wonderful to receive them too. I have always been a stationery addict since I was a child. My indoor games always included libraries or newsagents or Post Offices rather than dolls or tea sets.

  10. I’m a stationery addict because, I own 8 Filofaxes, two Lamy Al Stars, way too many rolls of MT tape, I have a very organised system of revision for my A Levels and I have to SMUGGLE new stationery purchases into the house! Oh and I work in a displeasing high street stationery and book shop chain… Help me!

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