In partnership with Never Such Innocence, we are holding a nationwide poetry, art and song competition for 9 to 16 year-olds to inspire young people to say Thank You.
How the First World War is relevant today
100 years ago the war ended, and a new world began. The generation who gave so much during the war fought for more than just victory. They fought for a better world and shaped how we live today.
On the battlefield volunteers from across the Commonwealth served alongside each other. British Forces included Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims whose descendants play a central role in our culture today.
Back in Britain women played a huge role working in factories and making munitions, paving the way for women gaining the right to vote in 1918.
During the war there were major advances in medicine, manufacturing, and innovation. Pioneering doctors and nurses vastly increased our understanding and use of x-rays, blood transfusions, and reconstructive surgery. And manufacturers developed products that are commonplace today, such as tissues.
The war also influenced poets, painters, composers and writers - Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien served as a soldier during the Battle of the Somme.
Inspired by these themes, say Thank You to the First World War generation by creating a song, a poem, or a work of art.
The best entries may even be featured at The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, attended by Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
How to enter
The competition is free to enter and the deadline for entries is 11 September 2018.
Upload your entries by using the forms below.
Which form should I use?
If you only have one entrant’s work to submit, select the single entry form. The group entry is for submitting one entry by multiple authors/artists. If you are submitting numerous entries, each created by an individual owner (e.g. a class where each pupil produces their own entry) select multiple entry.