Deadline 16th March


Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition 2017/18 

The fourth and final Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition is now open – play your part in The Final Push!

To sign your school up for the 2017/18 competition please email 

Deadline: 16th March 2018

We hope that our final competition in 2017/18 will be the widest reaching, most inclusive, and best yet! Our final competition welcomes poetry in all languages. Existing categories include English, Gaelic and Welsh. We want to ensure as many children as is possible are able to play their part in the centenary, to have a significant voice, and to create their own centenary legacy.

Our competition invites all 9-16 year olds to send us poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War.
On our journey to 2018, we will continue to engage with children and young people across the British Isles, and the wider world. Full competition rules may be found here.

"This competition was focused on a subject students are interested in, and allowed them to express this in a variety of media. It really allowed students to get involved in the topic without being made to write an essay! I also really liked having past winners to show as examples and a really good resource pack available." - Sarah Penny, a teacher at Alton Convent School

PRIZES for 2017/18 Competition:

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.

Winner of Years 5-6 £200 per (Gaelic/Welsh) 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

Every entrant receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation signed by our President, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Founder and Chief Executive, Lady Lucy French, and all winning entries will be published in a special Winners Booklet. See the 2014 Winners Booklet2015/16 Winners Booklet and 2016/17 Winners Booklet


Full competition rules may be found on the Never Such Innocence website: