Voting for the 2021 CSN Cover Contest will be open through October, and the winners will be announced on Nov. 1 via

Voting is now open for the 2021 CSN Cover Contest.

We received 12 submissions for this year’s contest—three in the National Stamp Collecting Month category, another three in the Club category and six in the Collector category. The submission period closed on Sept. 25.

People are now invited to vote online through October for their favourite submissions in each category. The voting deadline is Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. (ET).

The following day, on Nov. 1, CSN will announce the winners online. The results will also be published in CSN Vol. 46 #16 (dated Nov. 23).

In addition to being displayed below, each of the covers will be published in CSN Vol. 46 #14 (dated Oct. 25).


The three entries in the National Stamp Collecting Month category include:

  • the Calgary Philatelic Society;
  • Robert Hadley; and
  • Kevin O’Reilly.

View the covers by clicking through the gallery below and then vote for your favourite cover.


The three entries in the Club category include:

  • the Medicine Hat Coin & Stamp Club;
  • the Peace Arch Stamp Club; and
  • the Waterloo Region Stamp Club.

View the covers in the gallery below and then vote for your favourite cover.


The six entries in the Collector category include:

  • Shawn Agsalud;
  • Trevor Ashman;
  • Cheryl Grantham; and
  • Derwin Mak, who submitted three covers.

View the covers in the gallery below and then vote for your favourite cover.


Since its inception in 2018, the CSN Cover Contest has promoted National Stamp Collecting Month, which takes place each October.

This year, however, in response to readers’ suggestions, we placed the month-long philatelic celebration as the contest’s cornerstone.

For the first time, the top prize will be given to the winner of the new National Stamp Collecting Month category, which is open to both individuals and organizations. Individual collectors and philatelic organizations were invited to submit their custom-designed covers for the National Stamp Collecting Month category. These covers had to celebrate National Stamp Collecting Month in some way; whether it’s an abstract or straightforward design, the month-long celebration had to be the focus.

The winner will receive $150, the highest amount awarded in CSN Cover Contest history. The second- and third-place winners in this category will receive a 12- and six-month digital CSN subscription (or a subscription extension), respectively.

Like last year, the other two categories – one for individuals (the “Collector” category) and another for organizations (the “Club” category) – will each have a top prize of $100. The two runners-up of both of these categories will also win 12- and six-month digital subscriptions to CSN, respectively. For these categories, the covers’ designs are unrestricted with no specific focus.

While both individuals and organizations could submit covers for the National Stamp Collecting Month category, only individuals could compete in the Collector category and only organizations were accepted into the Club category.

Altogether, there are nine prizes (three for each category). The three monetary prizes total $350 while the six subscription prizes are worth about $115 altogether.

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