To mark the end of the centenary of the First World War, in partnership with Never Such Innocence we are running a creative competition. We’d like to invite young people aged between 9-16 years old to be a part of this historic moment by creating an expression of art, poetry or song that says Thank You to the generation that served, sacrificed and changed our world.
Reasons to say thank you
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 in turn 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.
Take a look at the film below for more insight into how this generation contributed so much.
ABOUT THE THANK YOU COMPETITION
The Thank You competition run with our partner *Never Such Innocence, is open to people aged 9-16 years old who would like to say thank you to the First World War generation. You are invited to submit a poem, song or piece of art that expresses your personal thank you to the people who made such a huge impact on today’s world. There are some great prizes up for grabs and you may even have a chance to feature in the Legion’s famous events, such as the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, attended by Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
Every entrant will also receive a Certificate of Commendation for taking part. More details on the Thank You movement and how to enter the competition may be found below.
*Never Such Innocence is a project working with children and young people aged 9-16 around the world to engage them creatively in the centenary of the First World War. Visit the Never Such Innocence website for more information.
How to enter
Which form should I use?
You can submit your entry by completing the relevant online form. If you would rather submit your entry by post please download and print the relevant pdf forms at the bottom of the page.
Single entry form: If you only have one entrant’s work to submit, select the single entry form.
Group entry form: The group entry is for submitting one entry by multiple authors/artists.
Multi entry form: 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.