Brick by brick, life must be rebuilt after a conflict. It takes time to recover and resolutions may or may not be found. Countries and communities that were divided or destroyed need time to heal, to be reimagined, or sometimes even abandoned.
For some, a parent, child or family member might be injured or not return at all. As time passes, community events, memorials and days of remembrance are held to honour those who were lost and provide opportunities for reflection.
- Deadline: March 18, 2022
- Winners Announcement: May 15, 2022
Entries are divided into the following four age categories
- Age 9-11
- Age 11-14
- Age 14-16
- Age 16-18
Life After Conflict
Share the thoughts on how people, communities and countries build a life after conflict using poetry, art, speech and song.
- 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.
- Songs should be either typed or legibly handwritten.
- Please include a recording (video or audio) of your song AND written lyrics.
- Speeches must be no longer than 5 minutes (maximum of 750 words).
- Speeches should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
- Speeches may be written in any language.
- Speeches should be either typed or legibly handwritten.
- Please include a recording (video or audio) of your speech AND written text.
- All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length.
- Poems should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
- Poems may be written in any language.
- Poems should be either typed or legibly handwritten.
- All artwork must have a title. We accept artwork in the form of sculptures and models; paintings and sketches; photography and digital mediums.
- Artwork should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
- Artwork may be produced in any medium such as water colours, pastels, charcoals, pencils, acrylic, crayons, paper cuttings, oil paints, photography or digital media.
- When submitting your entry, we ask that you share a high quality photograph or scan of your artwork; we may request to see the original works of art following the initial shortlisting.
Recognition & Rewards
- 1st Place Poetry: Poetry Workshop with Nik Perring
- 1st Place Art: Bespoke Art Pack
- 1st Place Speech: Bespoke Creative Writing Pack
- 1st Place Songwriting: Songwriting Workshop with Otto
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners: NSI Notebook
- In the 16-18 Category – As a special prize from the Volksbund, four young people have the chance to participate in a two-week international youth camp in summer 2023. During the summer camps, young people from all over Europe deal with history and peacekeeping. They also support the preservation of the war gravesite and visit interesting places in the surrounding area.
Rules to follow
- 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.
- 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 may be entered by the same individual).
- Entries from entrants aged 15 and under 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. Winners aged 15 and under must obtain parental/guardian consent (if they were entered by a teacher) in order to have their work published.
Interested candidates can apply for the competition