LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — For some it is a “secret code,” for others it is simply cursive handwriting. The annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests kick off on National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year in honor of John Hancock’s birthday, the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced today.

Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, made his signature extra-large so “King George can see it without his spectacles.”

Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest 2020
Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: one in the USA and two in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Students in Grades 1 – 6 have the chance to test their cursive skills and their creativity in answering one of the questions presented. The deadline for the USA contest is March 15; Canada contest in English has a March 13 deadline, and the Canada contest in French has a March 20 deadline.

Supporters of the contest include the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Fahrney’s Pens, Monkey Magnets, New American Cursive Penmanship, Pelikan, and PEN World. New this year for the USA contest is Itoya. Additionally, in Canada the contest has support from Laywine’s, and new supporter Zebra Pen Company. Winners of the contests will receive medals, certificates, fun new writing instruments, workbooks, and accessories.

Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF), is encouraged to see the contest continue and stated, “Happily, by our count, 25 states in the USA now have requirements to teach cursive, with others producing legislation to do the same. Our organization is proud to have helped.”

“Our international contests are ways for students to proudly showcase their achievement of mastering the alphabet in cursive. Kids tell us over and over how much they love writing in cursive,” remarked Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R). “To them it could be their ‘secret code,’ the thrill of being able to sign their own name or enjoying how the pencils dances across the paper. The judges look forward to what precious thoughts they will come up with this year.”

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For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear, Organizer of this year’s contest at





About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive(R). Information:

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