Poetry & Art Competition

The third Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition is now open for submissions. New for 2016-17 is Songs of the Centenary - see here for more details. Entry to all categories is free! 

Never Such Innocence is inviting all 9-16 year olds to send us poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War. We want to be as inclusive as possible and so we have introduced a Gaelic and Welsh language category for the poetry competition. If you or your student/s have any SEND that you would like the judges to be aware of please make a note on your entry form. 

We have produced a resource to stimulate responses to the competition - it provides an overview of the Great War and is split into sections. The resource is free to download and we will post copies to your school free of charge! The third edition resource includes country profiles on Germany, Wales, and Canada, and other topics such as Facial Injury, Young People at War, and Female Spies! 

Email enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com to request two free hardcopies of the third edition resource for your school.

We have also put together a few tips on how to get started with your entries, and you can look at the 2014 Winners Booklet and 2015/16 Winners Booklet for more inspiration. 

Help spread the word about the competition by printing our poster for your school, museum or library. 

You can test your knowledge on the First World War with our quiz - use the third edition resource to help find the answers! 

Every entrant receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation so we kindly ask you to not filter entries before submission. All winning entries will be published in a special Winners Booklet. 

Deadline: Friday 10th March 2017

The final edition resource will be published with the winning entries from all four competitions in a special legacy book in 2018!

PRIZES

1st £400 per competition
£200-pupil / £200-school

2nd £200 per competition
£100-pupil / £100-school

3rd £100 per competition
£50-pupil / £50-school

Additional prizes for runners up in each competition.

We will be accepting poems written in Welsh and Gaelic:

Winner of Years 5-6 £200 per language category
£100-pupil / £100-school

Winner of Years 7-9 £200 per language category
£100-pupil / £100-school

Winner of Years 10-11 £200 per language category
£100-pupil / £100-school

SUBMISSION
Read the competition rules before submitting an entry. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form.
Email digitised entries to: competition@neversuchinnocence.com 
Postal entries should be sent to: Never Such Innocence - C/O Cubitt Consulting, West Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

“This is the second time that I have joined a panel of judges and the first time that I kept a poem [Waking Nightmare’ by Robyn Beckett] by my bedside for so long. I represent the Combat Veteran Players which is made up of ex-service men and women who had suffered from PTSD. This poem has given a clear account of what we are. It has been an honour to be amongst you and a real privilege to be able to learn so much from our young and future generation.” - Androcles Scicluna from the Combat Veteran Players, Poetry Judge

“It was deeply moving to find, in so many of those young people, such an understanding of the pain, the bleakness, the unrelenting sacrifice that came with the Great War. In that respect, having members of our jury who had actually seen combat was illuminating.” Nathalie Trouveroy, Art Historian, Art Judge

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