An illustration from The Snowman of The Snowman and the boy flying

Snowman competition

Enter our festive competition inspired by The Snowman™

This winter, we are asking children aged 4-16 years, living in Sussex and South-East Hampshire, to get inspired by Raymond Briggs’s original picture book, The Snowman™, and create their own snowman-themed picture.

Get arty

Use Raymond Briggs’s famous Snowman as inspiration and draw or paint your own snowman-themed picture. All we ask is that you feature a snowman in your design… you can include more than one if you like!

What you’ll win

Each winner will receive a One4all Gift Card to the value of £50!

Entries will be judged in three age categories:

  • 4-7 years
  • 8-11 years
  • 12-16 years

There will be one winner in each category.

An illustration from The Snowman

How to enter

You can enter by uploading the picture using the online form below or send it by post to: The Snowman competition, Chestnut Tree House, Dover Lane, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PX.

The entry deadline is 31 December 2023. And make sure your parent or carer has read the Ts and Cs before you enter!

Image of children's author Raymond Briggs in his studio

In memory of

Raymond Briggs CBE

18 January 1934 – 9 August 2022

As we ask children to use The Snowman as inspiration and get creative, we would like to pay tribute to our friend and Patron, Raymond Briggs, who sadly died last year. Raymond was a very important part of Chestnut Tree House for many years, and we will always be grateful for his kindness and support.

We’re honoured that Raymond’s stepson, Tom, has kindly agreed to judge this year’s competition.

Submit your entry for The Snowman™ competition

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    Terms and conditions
    1. The competition is open to children aged 4-16 years, living in East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, or South East Hampshire.
    2. Contestants must submit their artwork for consideration into the appropriate age category. The competition categories are:
      • Children aged 4-7 years
      • Children aged 8-11 years
      • Children aged 12-16 years
    3. If the child’s date of birth is not included, the entry cannot be included in the competition.
    4. Only one entry will be accepted per child.
    5. Contestants must supply full submission details as required and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes.
    6. Entries must include the consent from a parent or guardian to participate in the competition.


    1. Entrants must provide the following details:
      • Child’s name
      • Child’s date of birth
      • Postal address
      • Parent/guardian’s name, email address and telephone number
    1. To enter the competition, children must submit original artwork of their own creation, featuring a snowman, snowmen or a snowman scene. Any type of ‘drawing’ material can be used to create the artwork – pencils, crayons, paint, etc.
    2. No sculptures or other types of artwork will be eligible for submission.
    3. Unfortunately, any physical artwork submitted for the competition will not be returned.
    4. Entries can be uploaded via the Chestnut Tree House website or sent by post.

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    1. The competition will run between November and December 2023.
    2. The closing date for entries is Sunday 31 December 2023.
    3. All entries received by this date will be entered into the judging.
    4. Winners will be judged on their work by a judging panel.
    5. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    6. The winners will be announced in January 2024.
    7. The competition organisers reserve the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of their control.
    1. There will be one winner per age category. Only the winners will be contacted personally.
    2. Each winner will receive a One4all Gift Card to the value of £50 as a prize.
    3. The winners will be notified by phone or email and prizes will be sent by Royal Mail.
    4. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be substituted.
    5. There will be no cash alternatives.
    1. All copyright in the artwork and writing submitted by the entrant will be the intellectual property of the entrant.
    2. The entrant shall grant to Chestnut Tree House for the purpose of display, publication and any future use in print or electronic format an exclusive irrevocable perpetual royalty-free licence to use the copyright in their sole discretion and without any payment by Chestnut Tree House.
    3. Your data will only be used in conjunction with this competition.
    4. The competition organisers will not pass on entrants’ personal details to any other organisation except for the purposes of running the competition which they have entered.

    © Raymond Briggs, 1978, 2018