We’re delighted to have the return of our fabulous Creative Arts Competition this year as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2021 and can’t wait to receive your amazing entries.

Entries open on Thursday 30th September 2021.

Entries close at 4pm on Monday 1st November 2021.

Theme & Manifesto

Anti-Bullying Week 2021 will take place from Monday 15th November – Friday 19th November 2021. The theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is ‘One Kind Word’.

Reading our manifesto for change will help you to think about your work and what we’re looking for in the winning entries!

 Ask if someone’s OK. Say you’re sorry. Just say hey.

 

In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying.

 

Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity.

 

It starts with one kind word. It starts today.  

Entry Criteria

  1. Entry is open to children and young people in Northern Ireland up to the age of 25 years old
  2. All entries must be submitted through a school, college, youth group or other service/support organisation attended by the child/young person
  3. All entries must be the child or young person’s original work and must not be copied from any other source. This is particularly important in the art and video categories as submissions cannot contain any characters you have not created yourself. 
  4. All entries must reflect the ‘One Kind Word’ theme and manifesto. We welcome positive messages as well as work which reflects the challenges of bullying experiences and shared efforts to reduce bullying
  5. All entries must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form which acts as the consent/assent of the child or young person for their work to be shared
  6. All entries must adhere to the guidance/limits set out for each creative category, e.g. word limits; size of artwork; length of video submissions; titles for essays
  7. There is no limit to the number of entries each child, young person, school or other group can submit
  8. Entries can be submitted on behalf of individual children and young people or groups* of children and young people who have worked together to create their submission. *Please note that entry forms must be returned for children and young people who feature in any video submissions.

 

Creative Categories

All entries should be submitted with one of the following titles:

  1. One Kind Word
  2. Kindness Fuels Kindness
  3. Break the Cycle

Submissions can be made in any of the following media:

  1. Written Word
  • Essay/short story (500 word limit)
  • Poem/spoken word (max 40 lines on 1 A4 page)
  • Script for up to 60 second drama/film/story board

 

  1.  Visual Art
  • Drawing/painting/poster/collage (no smaller than A4; no larger than A2)
  • Sculpture/3D models (no larger than 60 cm in height, depth or width)
  • Photography
  • Textiles/Printmaking

 

  1. Video
  • Up to 60 second short film (documentary; vlog)
  • Up to 60 second performance of original work (drama; dance; song; spoken word)

 

Age Categories

There are four age categories* for the competition, based on the school year/age group of the child or young person during ABW20, i.e. on 16 November 2020:

  • Pre-school year – Primary 3
  • Primary 4 – 7
  • Year 8 – 10
  • Year 11 and over

*While the age categories are based on school year groups, entries can be submitted through any organisation working with children and young people.

Our fifth category is:

  • Special Merit

Children and young people with special educational needs can choose to have their entry considered for this category in addition to their year group/age category.

What Happens to Your Entry?

Entries which reflect the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ will be shortlisted for judging.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel, including members of NIABF and young people from our Young Advisors group.

Prizes will be awarded to outstanding entries across the creative, age and special merit categories.

Winners will be announced during Anti-Bullying Week and a slideshow presentation will be shared with the winner’s schools/youth group.

All entries may be used for future NIABF anti-bullying campaigns and show reels.

Due to the volume of entries we receive, NIABF cannot return any of the work.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted online following the guidelines below.

ENTERING ONLINE

Enter online here

  • For the written word category please attach or scan the original works making sure all text is visible – be careful of double-sided works!
  • For the photography section of the visual arts category, please attach or scan the original works
  • For all other visual submissions, e.g. sculptures; posters, please attach a maximum of 3 photographs which clearly show the work created
  • For the video category, please attach video file or link where the video can be viewed.

 

If you have any queries which aren’t answered by the information provided here, please contact us at info@niabf.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work!

NIABF Team