International Postcard Competition

This competition is sponsored by Play’s the Thing: Creative Approaches to Wellbeing, an international conference in London, UK. Entry is encouraged and open to people in prison, with a particular prize for the best entry from a serving prisoner.

Fancy the chance to unleash your imagination and share a postcard of your own creation with thousands of people around the world? Want to be part of what could become the largest online collection of individually
created postcards celebrating the theme of Wellbeing?

Great, then put your idea on to a postcard and submit it to our online gallery by sending it to:

A Great Day Looks Like..
c/o Escape Artists
Studio 24
7-15 Greatorex Street
London E1 5NF
United Kingdom

How will you and your work be represented?

Postcards will be exhibited in a postcard exhibition at the Play’s the Thing Conference in London. They will also be displayed in the online exhibition at . Play’s the Thing reserves the right not to display a postcard if is deemed to be inappropriate.

Are there any prizes?

Yes. The postcards will be judged by delegates at the Play’s the Thing conference. The card with the most votes will receive an gift certificate to the value of £30. The runner up will receive an gift certificate to the value of £20. Both winners will also receive a signed copy of Pat Kane’s ‘The Play Ethic’.

For serving prisoners who enter the competition there will be a special prize for the best entry. See Prison Arts – Postcard Competition for full details.

Explore an ever growing digital journey.

Every new postcard received for the ’A Great Day Looks Like..’ exhibition will be scanned and uploaded to our online gallery at . You can start this journey by taking a look at some of the entries that have already been submitted (see above).

All postcards received by 21st November 2011 will also be exhibited in a postcard exhibition at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB, England on the 22nd and 23rd November 2011 as part of the Play’s the Thing conference on wellbeing.

How do I sign up?

You sign up just by sending us your postcard. It really couldn’t be simpler! If you have any queries, you can send us an email at

Who can participate?

Anybody aged between 1 – 120.

What should I include on the postcard?

Please include your name, a contact address and email if you have one.

We will endeavour to mention the names and towns of the contributors on the blog as they come in, but because of the expected number of participants it may not be possible to acknowledge everybody’s postcard.

How many postcards will be accepted?

There is no limit with regards to the online exhibition. The more the better!


Submissions should be regular postcard sized (approximately 4” x 6” / 10cm x 15cm), e.g. you could cut out a bit of card board.


Artworks can be made using any medium (such as photography, crayon, paint, collage) but be aware that they will have to go through the postal system!


The theme is “A Great Day Looks Like..”


The deadline for us to receive your postcard for the Play’s the Thing exhibition is 21 November 2011.

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