2019/20 Competition Rules
The competition is open to all young people aged 9-18 worldwide.
Entries are divided into the following three age categories*:
Age 9-11; age 11-14; age 14-16; and age 16-18.
*the crossover of ages in these categories is to ensure children in the same school year have an equal opportunity. Categorisation is at the discretion of Never Such Innocence based on the information provided on the entry form
Entries must draw on conflict and commemoration, currently or throughout history
If you have any special educational needs you would like the judging panel to be aware of please make a note on your entry form
All submissions are given a unique entry number to anonymise the judging process. We kindly request that only the title be written on the entry to ensure the submission may be identified and kept anonymous. All other details about the entrant should be confined to the entry form
There is no entry fee
Only one entry to each category per individual or group will be accepted; entrants may enter multiple categories (for example one poem and one piece of art)
The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor Never Such Innocence staff will enter into any correspondence
The competition deadline is Friday 20th March 2020
Winners will be notified on, or before, Friday 24th April 2020
Entrants aged 15 and under must obtain parental/guardian consent and their entries must be submitted by an adult (e.g. parent/guardian or teacher) on behalf of the entrant. The adult submitting the competition entry will be required to agree to the Never Such Innocence rules by way of a check-box on the online form or physical entry form.
The copyright of each entry remains with the author. However, by entering the competition, the author grants Never Such Innocence the right to publish and/or broadcast their work. Never Such Innocence will endeavour to write to authors for permission to feature their name, age, school name and location alongside the entry in any publication or broadcast before going ahead.
All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length
Poems must be the original work of the entrant/s
Poems may be written in any language
All artwork must have a title. We accept artwork in the form of sculptures and models; paintings and sketches must be done on either A4 or A3
Artwork must be the original work of the entrant
Artwork may be produced in any medium such as water colours, pastels, charcoals, pencils, acrylic, crayons, paper cuttings, oil paints etc
We strongly encourage original work to be sent in, however, if you submit a photograph or copy of your entry we may request to see the original works of art following the initial shortlisting.
Songs must be no longer than 4 minutes
Songs should consist of the contestant's own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (when applicable). The quality of production will not be considered.
All writers will retain the rights to their original material - with the exception that a submission will grant a license in perpetuity to Never Such Innocence to exploit the song (meaning if you submit a song, we can play it…and if it makes any money, you will be paid accordingly).
Songs may be written in any language
Speeches must be no longer than 5 minutes (roughly between 625-750 words)
Speeches must be original work of the entrant
An entrant must submit a video/recording of their deliverance of the speech as well as the script as a word document
Speeches may be written in any language