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Read, Write, Count drawing competition

Pens at the ready – it's time for an exciting new drawing competition where your artwork could be shared across Scotland!

Three pupils in uniform holding their Read, Write, Count and Bookbug bags

Start date: 11 January 2023, 09:00 

Closing date: 23 February 2023, 17:00 

Age group: P1–3s, Children, Families

Each year our Read, Write, Count programme gifts over 120,000 bags of books and fun learning materials to every P2 and P3 child in Scotland. This year we are aiming to tackle waste by using a more environmentally friendly bag. 

Our new bags are fully recyclable, made from 40% recycled content and are produced in a factory that uses 100% renewable energy. (Find your local recycling point(this will open in a new window) through Recycle Now.) 

To celebrate our new bags, we are running an exciting art competition for all P1–3s across Scotland. We would love you to draw a design that represents looking after and loving our planet. The entries will be judged by an expert panel including bestselling author and illustrator Vivian French

The winning design will be printed on all the new Read, Write, Count bags gifted during Book Week Scotland in November 2023.  

Alongside the printed design, the winner will receive an artist's goodie bag and their class will receive a book donation for their library. The second and third placed entries in each stage will also win a fantastic selection of books for their school. 

The deadline to submit is Thursday 23 February and the winner will be revealed in March. So, grab your paint and get inspired by all things green!


Submission guidelines

Rules for entry

Entries can be submitted by teachers or parents/carers. 



Please post entries to the address below in a stiff A4 cardboard envelope as we cannot use damaged or folded entries.  

Read, Write, Count art competition,   

Scottish Book Trust, 

Sandeman House, 

Trunk's Close, 

55 High Street, 



We cannot return entries unless you include a stamped addressed envelope. 

Entries must arrive in our office by Thursday 23 February 2023 to be considered. The winner will be contacted and announced in March 2023. Full terms and conditions apply. 

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