National Stationery Week Competition – The Winners

National Stationery Week Competition – The Winners

We had a fantastic response to our competition last week, hopefully a sign of how popular stationery is today. After going through all the entries we have decided on the winner, plus the 9 runners-up.

“I’m a stationery addict because…”

The Winner

the winner

Despite a lot of competition, we just loved this entry. It conveys the impact of stationery addiction very well. Oh, and it gave me a rather nice title that I might just adopt from now on. Click on the image to see it in its full glory.

Congratulations to Chichi Parish who won the Herbin Tempete fountain pen. You might also be interested in her website.

The Runners-Up

In no particular order, the runners-up were:

“…it’s safe, legal, non fattening and my dealer is available online 24 hours a day.”

Michael Alderton won a set of 4 Paperways notepads

We say: We loved the idea of being seen as a dealer


“…I have an ASBO that prevents me from entering stationery shops (well I wish I did as I would be so much richer). I have a better equipped home office than any office i’ve ever worked in (or was until I got my hands on the stationery catalogue). If i never buy another pad, pencil, coloured paper, card in my life I will be self sufficient. I have often wondered if I should start SA – but if I did we would just end up discussing who has the best, most fun stationery around.”

Maria Netley won a set of the new Field Notes Shelterwood notebooks

We say: Anyone who can fit in the idea of a stationery ASBO had to win a prize.


“…I know I’m a stationery addict because I have 41 (and counting) brand new notebooks of varying sizes that are just too nice to write notes in…! (It can’t just be me, surely??!)”

Jo Coulson won a set of Papelote Amok notebooks

We say: An appropriate sense of the power of stationery addiction – untouched notebooks!


“…I want to leave something behind for the archaeologists of the future to read whilst they are thinking of how to extract a 200 year old email.”

 Michael Waddington won a Herbin Pen-&-Ink Set

Surely says it all in the struggle for paper vs digital?


“…I have made a pilgrimage to a seven storey stationery shop in Tokyo!”

Heather Dontenville (via Twitter) won an MT  Wamon tape set

We say: Again, we congratulate someone for getting in the word ‘pilgramage’ into their entry.


“…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!”

Rosie Summers won the neat Harinacs staple-less stapler

We say: We do our bit to help someone stuck in the wrong type of stationery business…


“…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.”

Katie Swift won the aromatic Coccoina glue

We say: This tapped into something we have been thinking about and saw at a recent trade fair – stationery in jars. It works too.


“…pens come in all shapes and sizes and I love them all. Each pen to us is like a paintbrush to an artist. A thin brush is used for fine lines or to apply a small bit of colour to possibly a small section in the drawing or painting. For us, a pen with a tiny tip is used to write, doodle and make things look neat and also to use them for one particular purpose understood and known only to our personal self. A fountain pen could be used to make our handwriting and whatever else we use it for to look professional and fancy. A calligraphy brush for the Chinese is the equivalent of a fountain pen for us. A biro pen is best for quick everyday writing wherever you are, whether you are booking an appointment, signing something at the bank or just jotting a funny thing you just thought of. A computer is all very well but when using a pen, it makes your writing more personal to you. No one writes like you and no one has the same handwriting as you so using a pen draws out your personality in the stationary and literary world. If you can be yourself in the real world be yourself in the imaginary and writing world.

We talk about paper and what is best for the environment like ‘recycled paper is the best because it means that we don’t have to cut down so many trees’ or ‘cut down more trees so we can have new soft coloured paper!’ In actual fact we can still colour on to recycled paper and so while we enjoy what we like with stationary if we use recycled things we help the world too! Note pads are perfect because they can be used for anything like diaries, travel journals, thought books and schoolbooks.”

Flora Lang (aged 12) won a Neocritz Pencil case

We say: One of the longer entries, but worryingly impressive for someone so young (he says not meaning to sound patronising)


And finally…

“Your lights are on, but you’re not home
Your mind is not your own
You need a ruler, your hand shakes
Another notebook is what it takes
You can’t sleep, you need ink
There’s no way, that you can think.
Your throat is tight, you can’t breathe
Another pencil is all you need
Ohh oohh

You like to think that you’re immune and won’t buy more
It’s closer to the truth to say you keep looking at the store
You know you’re gonna have to face it
You’re addicted and will buy more

You see the ads, and have to read
You’re writin’ at a different speed
You heart beats in double time
Another pen must be mine, a one track mind.
You can’t be saved.
-stationery is all you crave
There’s some new rubbers left for you
You don’t mind if you do
Ohh oohh

You like to think that you’re immune and won’t buy more
It’s closer to the truth to say you keep looking at the store
You know you’re gonna have to face it
You’re addicted and will buy more”

Janet Hutson (with just a little help from Robert Palmer) won a Lamy Al-Star bluegreen fountain pen

We say: A worthy prize winner, with such attention to detail. Oh, and by chance it also hit a little bit of family history thereby sealing its place on the winning list. In case you haven’t worked it out, here is the answer.


Reader Comments

  1. A worthy winner I have to say – inspiring doodling! I am so thrilled to be in the list of winners though – I can’t remember ever winning anything since I got a (small) bar of chocolate in a “pass the parcel” about 55 years ago! Thank you! 🙂

  2. So thrilled to be a winner. Disproportionately? I don’t think so. Another pen, another colour of ink….feed that addiction. Thank you. Well done everyone else. Janet Hutson

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