Clubs, collectors invited to enter 2019 cover contest

For the second year in a row, CSN is excited to launch its annual cover contest promoting fun competition between individual collectors and clubs.

All philatelic organizations – at the local, regional and national levels in Canada and abroad – are invited to submit a cover promoting National Stamp Collecting Month, which takes place this October.

This year, an “individual” category was added, so both clubs and collectors can submit designs to vie for top bragging rights.

“After a small but eager response last year, CSN is happy to continue our cover contest with even more prizes this year,” said CSN Publisher and Editor Mike Walsh, who added there are now three prizes for the club competition and one for the individual category.

“We hope to see a whole lot of covers coming in from across Canada over the next few months.”

The covers must be mailed to and received by CSN by Oct. 1, complete with a postmark to prove the deadline date was met. The designs can promote their club or individual hobby or the month-long philatelic celebration of National Stamp Collecting Month, which has fallen to the wayside since its inception nearly four decades ago.

All submitted entries will be posted on at noon on Oct. 1. People will then be invited to vote for their three favourite club submissions as well as their favourite individual design throughout October.

On Nov. 1, CSN will announce the three covers that received the most votes. The top three clubs will receive from CSN $100, $50 and $25, respectively, while the top individual submission will receive $50.


In last year’s cover contest, the Kelowna and District Stamp Club won $100 as the first-place winner.

The club, which is chapter 90 of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, promptly mailed in a cover after CSN announced its “grassroots” effort to reignite National Stamp Collecting Month (CSN Vol. 43 #09).

The club used its 90th-anniversary Picture Postage stamp produced in 2016 as postage while the cover references October as National Stamp Collecting Month and lists the club’s monthly meeting times.

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