Painting ‘Humanitarian Benevolence’ by Mariam, 14–16 age group, Nigeria, showing a group of people offering aid to another group through a torn down border wall.
‘Humanitarian Benevolence’ by Mariam, 14–16 age group, Nigeria ©

Source: Never Such Innocence

Friday 04 September 2020 to Friday 19 March 2021

The UK charity Never Such Innocence runs an annual poetry, art, speech and song competition for students across the world aged 9-18, encouraging the use of creative arts as an outlet for engaging with challenging topics and developing confidence and self-esteem.

Never Such Innocence Competition 2020–21

The theme of this year’s competition is 'The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World' - young people aged 9-18 from all over the world are to share reflections on historical or contemporary conflicts and give a voice to those who may not have one.

Recent entries have drawn on personal family stories, refugees fleeing from their homes, the perspective of indigenous or minority groups and young people caught in the midst of conflict.

Students can submit entries into any of the four competition categories: Poetry, Art, Speech or Song. For inspiration, consider the questions below to explore the theme:

  • Who? This could be a conflict that has affected you/your family, or you could bring to light someone else’s story.
  • What? Conflict comes in many forms. What conflict affects you?
  • When? You can look at a historical or current conflict. 
  • Why? New voices and perspectives are important if we are to understand the true impact of conflict.

Every single participant will receive a special personalised Certificate of Commendation.

How to take part

Taking part is simple and you can submit your entries electronically.

Enter the competition

The competition closes on Friday, 19 March 2021.

For more information, visit the Never Such Innocence website or contact the charity