Calligraphy Competition 2021

The Calligraphy Competition is open for all students from grade 1 to year 12. This year, the theme is 東京 – not just sporting events but also the spirit of the Japanese people. 

Rules for both Brush and Pencil divisions 2021

Please note that you may enter either or both pencil and brush calligraphy divisions.
Max entries: 10 entries per category per school, per division
Cost: $2.50 per entry (payable by EFT)
No illustrations: specified character/s and first name only on the page
Entry name sheet: stapled/pasted on the back of the student’s calligraphy work; found in the document at bottom of this page
Closing date: Thursday 18th November 2021
Prizes: Every entrant will receive a certificate.
The judge will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.
Medallions and certificates will be awarded to all prize winners.
Each 1st prize winner’s school will receive a trophy.

Brush division 2021

categoryrequired scriptnotes
Primary years 1&2日本Japan (nihon)
Primary years 3&4上手Skillful (jouzu)
Primary years 5&6空手Karate
Secondary years 7&8一番Number 1 (ichiban)
Secondary years 9&10有名Famous (Yuumei)
Secondary years 11&12東京Tokyo

Instructions: Please note: Calligraphy materials can be purchased at art suppliers or Japanese bookshops

Paper: hanshi is preferable. Size of hanshi is close to 24cm x 33cm (or A4) size

Brush: calligraphy brushes

Ink: bokuju is preferable (black)

Name: Entrant’s first name only is to be written vertically in brush in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. Please see the sample in the document at the bottom of this page.

Judging criteria: Balance, shape and neatness of strokes & character(s).
(Students won’t be judged by quality of paper or ink)

Please also see the common rules above.

Pencil division 2021

CategoryRequired scriptNotes
Primary years 1&2がんばれ日本You can do it Japan!
Primary years 3&4からてが好きです。I like Karate.
Primary years 5&6空手が好きです。I like Karate.
Secondary years 7&8金メダルをとりました。Gold medal
Secondary years 9&10東京は  7 syllables  5 syllables (Theme: Summer)/Student’s Name in Hiragana or KatakanaWrite original haiku following from the first line provided (Theme: Summer). Write own name in Japanese.
Secondary years 11&125 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables /Student’s Name in hiragana or katakanaWrite original haiku with a summer theme. Write own name in Japanese.

Instructions: Write with a 2B lead pencil.
Students should write in handwriting style, NOT in minchotai or gothictai (printed style).   This means sa, ki, fu and ri should not be joined.
Avoid using erasers. If it is necessary to erase something do not leave marks on the paper. Do not use liquid paper for corrections.
Tracing is not permitted.
Ask students to check their spelling and grammar before completing their final draft as the emphasis is on calligraphy, not writing content.

Judging criteria: Balance, shape and neatness of handwriting
Use the samples as a model and write the calligraphy vertically on the official entry form.
NB. Entries will only be accepted on the official entry form.

Please also see the common rules above.

Application process

  1. Fill in the online application form.
  2. Print the first page before you press “SUBMIT”. This application form becomes a TAX INVOICE for the payment purpose for your school.
  3. EFT to BSB 033 034 A/C# 61 1599 (a/c# changed in 2015. Please send a payment advice to (If you are paying from your personal account, please write your school name in the reference section of EFT)
  4. Print “Entry Name Sheet” from the “Calligraphy Information” PDF.
  5. Fill in details including students’ names.
  6. Cut and glue them on the back of students’ original work.
  7. Post the students’ work:
    JLTAV Inc. (Pencil Calligraphy Competition)
    LPO 8157 Monash University, Clayton 3800
    or to:
    JLTAV Inc. (Brush Calligraphy Competition)
    LPO 8157 Monash University, Clayton 3800

LATE APPLICATIONS and NON MEMBER entries will not be accepted.

Application Forms


Forms and further information

For forms, more information and sample calligraphy, please see the following document: