Poetry, Art and Song Competition

Never Such Innocence Poetry, Art, and Song Competition 2017-18
This international competition enables young people to play their part in commemorating the centenary of the First World War through the creative arts. The competition is open to all children from aged 9-16. Submissions can be on any subject related to the First World War, and art can be in any medium. This year we are continuing our Gaelic and Welsh poetry strands, and for our fourth and final year we are accepting poetry and songs in any language.
To inspire children’s entries, we produce an educational resource which is distributed free of charge upon request, and available to download online. We have worked with Embassies and High Commissions and historians internationally to offer multiple perspectives on the War. The resource also gives an introduction to different themes such as the War at Sea, Young People at War, and Nursing. To obtain a resource pack, simply email enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com.
We pull out all the stops to ensure that young people feel important and empowered to participate in remembrance. Every entrant receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation signed by our President Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC(P). We also offer unique opportunities for children at our roadshows across the British Isles, and once-in-a-lifetime prizes for winners. Winners also receive cash prizes, and are invited to collect their winnings at our prestigious Awards Ceremony!
The music strand of the competition, Songs of the Centenary, is powered by Trackd and in partnership with Dave Stewart Entertainment. Trackd is an app that enables children to create music and lyrics, or record their lyrics to pre-existing music, and enter their creation into our competition. This means that no musical background is needed for children to enter.
We are very excited to be partnered with the Royal Air Force and Royal British Legion to offer entrants the opportunity to win some very special bonus prizes. To mark the formation of the world’s first independent air force in 1918, entries inspired by ‘the War in the Skies’ will be eligible for special bonus prizes, courtesy of the RAF! And together with the Royal British Legion, we are inviting young people to share a message of remembrance and hope, by saying ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation. Entries inspired by the ‘Greatest Thank You’ campaign could feature in the Legion’s famous events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Please take a moment to look at the website www.neversuchinnocence.com. It contains a quiz to spark children’s interest, a display poster, a useful glossary and the digital version of our resource pack, which is free to download in full.
Full competition details, entry forms and rules can also be found on our website. The closing date for entries is Friday 16th March 2018.
If you have any queries, contact us via enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com, or on 0207 836 2603. Or see Miss Judge for any assistance.
Very best of luck!