Competition Theme: Everyday Heroes

Heroes don’t have to wear capes or have superpowers. Every day our lives are enhanced by small acts of heroism — and our competitions this year explore those real human stories: the stories of everyday heroes. Those real life, everyday experiences that remind us how lucky we are to have these good people in our worlds.

You don’t have to reveal the name of your hero, and your work doesn’t have to be about someone you know. It could be your best friend who makes your dark days that little bit brighter; it could be a stranger whose good deed turned your day around; or it could even be a well-known public figure whose actions have impacted your life — but whoever you choose, your piece of poetry or art must explore an experience that, in your world, is heroic.

You can submit a poem, or a piece of artwork; there is no age restriction and there is no cost to enter. 

Enter NowClick here to fill in our entry form
We can't wait to see your
drawing, painting and writing...

For schools and groups submitting several entries, please follow the link for the Group Entry Form button below. Postal Entries should be sent to 9 Townsend Gate, Berkhamsted, HP4 2FZ, with a postal entry form (click to download) enclosed.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Thursday 29th February 2024
  • Poems must be no longer than 200 words; there is no minimum length
  • Digital submission is preferred (images must be at least 300 dpi); high quality photographs and scans are accepted for artwork entries
  • Postal entries must be no larger than A4, must be 2D, and must include a completed postal entry form
  • One entry per person
  • All work must be the original work of the entrant
  • All work must be unpublished
  • Entrants must identify the age category to which their work belongs
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have consent from a responsible adult for their name to be published
  • The name of the writer / artist should not appear on the poem / artwork itself as entries are judged anonymously
  • Artists / writers will retain Copyright of their work, but by submitting an entry, the artist / writer gives Chiltern Arts permission to reproduce and use the work at its discretion, digitally and in print
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
For Schools / GroupsClick here to fill in our schools entry form
We can't wait to see your
drawing, painting and writing...

Winners in the Under 12s, Under 18s and Adults categories will receive a £20 High Street Gift Card; and shortlisted and winning entries will receive certificates, as well as having their work displayed at selected Chiltern Railways stations.

These entries will also be showcased in our 2024 online gallery and poetry collection. Selected entries may also be displayed at the Chiltern Arts Festival 2024; further details will be available after selections have been made.