Anti-Bullying Week 2019 Competition

As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2019, NIABF is running a creative competition for children and young people. Entry is now open and will close on Friday 20 December 2019.

Prize Ceremony, Thursday 27th February 2020

Check out the photographs from this year’s fabulous Prize Ceremony at Oxford Island Nature Reserve!


The focus of Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is on the theme ‘Change Starts With Us‘. Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood.
By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone, where everyone is heard. Because together, we can end bullying.

Change starts here.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.

Your entry to the competition must focus on this theme and we ask that the work submitted is all your own original work and must not be copied from any other source. The entries should reflect the challenges as well as the positive messages of anti-bullying work. Any entries which do not focus on this theme will not be eligible for shortlisting.

Creative Categories

This year there will be two categories; Art and Creative Writing. There is no limit to the number of entries each school or group can submit. Here is some important information about the categories:
Entries are invited in the following media:

  1. Written Word
    • Writing an essay: How does my school promote the ABW19 theme of ‘Change Starts With Us’. (500 words maximum. You can include policies, assemblies, displays, anti-bullying mentors, playground buddies, positive behaviour charter)
    • Writing a short story
    • Writing a poem
  2. Art
    • This includes drawings, paintings, posters, sculptures, models, photographs, textiles- anything that you consider to be visual art.
    • All entries must be original and unique – please do not copy anything you have seen elsewhere.
    • You must not include any characters that you haven’t created. For example, a poster showing Minions being respectful will not be shortlisted.
    • Where possible, entries should be posted or delivered to NIABF – see details below.

REMEMBER – all entries in both categories must focus on the theme of ‘Change Starts With Us’ and how this helps to build an anti-bullying culture in our schools and communities.

What will happen to your entry?

Entries which reflect the theme of ‘Change Starts With Us’ and how this contributes to building an anti-bullying culture will be shortlisted for judging. Shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel, including members of NIABF and winners will be invited to a celebration event in February 2020.

Prizes will be awarded to outstanding entries across the categories. Children and young people with a special educational need can choose to have their entries considered for an additional ‘merit prize’.

Entries may be used for future anti-bullying campaigns.

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

What are the age categories?

There are four age categories for the competition, based on the school year group of the child/young person during ABW19:

  • Up to Year 4
  • Year 5 – 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.
Children and young people with a special educational need can choose to have their entry considered for an additional Special Merit Prize.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to children and young people who attend a school or college in Northern Ireland. All entries must be submitted through a school, college, youth group or other organisation.

How to enter

Entries to the ‘Art’ category should be posted to:

ABW19 Competition
Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum
The NICVA Building
61 Duncairn Gardens
BT15 2GB

Entries to the ‘Creative Writing’ category can be either posted or submitted via email to:
(subject line: Competition ABW19).
You can download the entry form here – ABW19 – WRITING Competition Entry Form.

A completed entry form must be attached to each competition entry.
You can download the entry form here – ABW19 – ART Competition Entry Form.

All entries must be submitted by 4pm Friday 20th December 2019.

If you have any questions about the competition you can contact us on