Calling all Young People from Sheffield and Team UK Friends and Family to write a poem, a song, a speech or create a piece of artwork to celebrate the Invictus UK Trials and the inspirational competitors.

Deadline is Wednesday 10th July 2019.

Never Such Innocence wants to give children and young people a powerful voice on conflict and commemoration at the Invictus UK Trials whilst celebrating the achievements of competitors. Calling all Young People to get creative and play their part in this iconic event!

Throughout May and June we are running a creative arts competition as part of the Invictus UK Trials, which is delivered by a partnership of Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion, the Ministry of Defence and Sheffield City Council, scheduled to be held in Sheffield in July later this year.

We are inviting all young people aged 9-18 from across Sheffield together with those attending the Trials to reflect on your family’s / your community’s experience of conflict, currently or throughout history and the sacrifices both the Armed Forces and civilians make at times of war and respond creatively through a poem, a speech, a song, or a piece of art.

The competition deadline is Wednesday 10th July, entries may be submitted online or by post. Every entrant will receive a very special personalised certificate of commendation and will be entered into our international competition, launching this September. 

Winning work will be showcased in Sheffield during the week of the Trials, from 22nd to 26th July, including a special certificate-giving event.

To inspire entries there are a list of resources on Sheffield’s experiences during the Second World War here, provided by There But Not There. However, if you would prefer you can pick your own topic on any conflict throughout the ages – young people have been inspired by many different topics including modern day refugees, bugging in the Second World War, and hopes for the future. See here for winning work inspired by the First World War from our 2017/18 competition.



Bethzienna williams, finalist from the voice 2019, AFTER A SONG WRITING WORKSHOP

Bethzienna williams, finalist from the voice 2019, AFTER A SONG WRITING WORKSHOP

As part of the competition we are offering free songwriting and/or poetry workshops to all schools and youth groups across Sheffield and Team UK Friends & Family to create a collection of extraordinary works. Our wonderful practitioners, with a variety of backgrounds from veterans to professional singer-songwriters, (including a finalist from The Voice UK!) will deliver a two-hour masterclass in songwriting or poetry, and facilitate young people to create their own competition entries. If you are interested we are able to deliver a poetry and songwriting workshop on the same day and the workshops are completely free of charge. These workshops are subject to availability. To sign up for a free workshop, email us at


Read the rules, please find them here.

Write a poem, song, speech and/or create a piece of artwork inspired by conflict and commemoration.

Enter the submission before the deadline: WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY

You can either enter electronically via our website or you can submit a physical entry by post. Find our entry forms here.

For more details about the competition, the workshops or how to submit entries, please contact Maddie Messenger via email, or phone 0207 836 2603.