Anti-Bullying Week 2020 Creative Arts Competition

As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2020, NIABF is running our annual creative arts competition for children and young people.

Entries open on Monday 19th October 2020.

Entries close at 4pm on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Theme & Manifesto

Anti-Bullying Week 2020 will take place from Monday 16th November – Friday 20th November 2020. The theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is ‘United Against Bullying’.

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

“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.

Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”

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 ‘United Against Bullying’ 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 although schools/groups might consider entering a shortlisted number that fit the theme.
  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:

A. United Against Bullying
B. We Are All a Piece of the Puzzle
C. Take a Minute to Unite Against Bullying

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

2. 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

3. 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 ‘United Against Bullying’ will be shortlisted for judging.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel, including members of NIABF and young people.

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

Winners will be invited to a prize-giving event in February 2020. Depending on COVID circumstances, this may be a virtual event!

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

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, NIABF is not in a position to receive competition entries by post or delivery.  We’re asking schools, youth groups and other organisations to submit your entries online.


Download the entry form here.

  • Please submit your entries to using the subject line Competition ABW20
  • Please ensure each entry is accompanied by a fully completed entry form. These forms must be typed, Word documents only. We cannot accept PDFs or scanned copies of handwritten entry forms
  • For the written word category please attach or scan the original works making sure all of the text is visible – be careful of double-sided works!
  • For the majority of the visual arts category, please attach a photograph or scan of the original works.
  • For large art pieces, e.g. sculptures please attach a maximum of 3 photographs which clearly show the work created
  • For videos, please send us a Youtube/other link to a platform where we can view the film or you could use WeTransfer to send us the original, by emailing a link.
  • You might want to hold an in-school/centre competition to choose which entries to share with us

Together, We’re United Against Bullying!

If you have any queries which aren’t answered by the information provided here, please contact us at

From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

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

NIABF Delivery Team