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

Snowman competitions

We are asking children aged 4-16 to create their own spectacular snowman picture or to write a short story inspired by Raymond Briggs’s original picture book, The Snowman™ for a chance to win a £50 One4All gift card.

What you need to do

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!

Get writing

The young boy in Raymond Briggs’s illustrated story experiences the most amazing adventure and makes lots of wonderful memories with his new friend, The Snowman™. Tell us, in no more than 250 words, about a special memory, or an adventure or moment that you have shared with someone.

Hurry, entries close on Friday 31 December 2021!

How to enter

You can enter by uploading your submission to our online form, or by post to: The Snowman competitions, Chestnut Tree House, Dover Lane, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PX.

Submit your entry

A special message from Raymond Briggs

For the last few years, our Patron and creator of The Snowman™, Raymond Briggs has kindly judged our snowman-themed children's competitions. Watch this this short message from Raymond, read by our Interim Director of Children’s Services, Melissa.

Competition rules
  • The competitions are open to children aged 4-16 years at the time of entry
  • Contestants must submit their artwork or writing for consideration into the appropriate age category. The competition categories are:
    a. Children aged 4-7 years
    b. Children aged 8-11 years
    c. Children aged 12-16 years

If the child’s date of birth is not included, we cannot include the entry in the competition.

  • Only one entry per competition (drawing/writing) will be accepted per child
  • Contestants must supply full submission details as required and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes
  • Entries must include the consent from a parent or guardian to participate in the competition
  • 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
  • To enter the drawing 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
  •  No sculptures or other types of artwork will be eligible for submission
  • Unfortunately, any physical artwork submitted for the competition will not be returned
  • To enter the writing competition, children must submit original copy of their own creation, using no more than 250 words.
  • The competitions will run between November and December 2021
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 31 December 2021
  • All entries received by this date will be entered into the judging
  • Winners will be judged on their work by a judging panel
  • The judging panel’s decision is final in every situation and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The winners will be announced in January 2022
  • 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
  • There will be one winner per age category for the art and writing competitions. Only the winners will be contacted personally
  • Each winner will receive a One4all Gift Card to the value of £50 as a prize
  • The winners will be notified by phone or email and prizes will be sent by Royal Mail
  • Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred or substituted
  • There will be no cash alternatives
  • All copyright in the artwork and writing submitted by the entrant will be the intellectual property of the entrant
  • The entrant shall grant to Chestnut Tree House for the purpose of display, publication and any future use in book, calendar 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
  • Your data will only be used in conjunction with this Christmas competition
  • 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.