Coventry Association for International Friendship


2019 International Friendship Prize for Young People

Theme : My Peace Hero/Heroine 

CAIF, the Coventry Association of International Friendship, is a group of people who seek to promote international friendship, understanding and peace through a range ofactivities. These includeexchange visits with similar groups from Coventry’s twin cities and partner towns abroad, and through other events in our home city.

This annual prize is offered in order to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of Coventry's children, youth and young adults in promoting a culture of international friendship, understanding and peace. It also aims to inspire others to learn from young people and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

The theme of this year’s competition is “My Peace Hero/Heroine”. 

We invite entries which address this subject and show how identification with a Peace Hero/Heroine can inspire young people to engage in activities concerning peace and mutual understanding bringing together people of different nationalities, races and cultures, so as to promote international friendship.

You are invited to submit an entry in one of the following subject categories -


An essay of between 500-1000 words in English (or translated into English from another original language). 

A poem in English (or translated into English from another original language).


The prize is open to anyone up to 25 years old (as of 31 August 2018) in one of the following age categories :- 

a) Child (aged up to 14)

b) Youth (aged 15 – 18/non-university) 

b) Young Adult (aged 18 – 25/post-school)

To make an entry, you must first submit an entry form:


Entry forms must be received on or before 31 December 2018.

Under 18s will not be required to send personal contact details. Teachers should fill in the online form and enter "Group Entry" in the Name Box and give the school address. They should then e-mail the names of the individual pupils to the CAIF email address given below.

Group entries from schools, colleges or universities are welcome subject to the criteria and conditions outlined above.Group Entries will be judged as a group but individual names should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with teacher contact details.


The following Prize Awards will be made in the Child, Youth and Young Adult categories respectively :-

1st Prize : Certificate, prize of £250. 

2nd Prize : Certificate, prize of £150.

3rd Prize : Certificate, prize of £100. 

The prizewinners will be selected by a panel of three people nominated by the Executive Committee of CAIF.

All work must be original and previously unpublished. Entries discovered to have been plagiarised will be rejected.


Deadline for submission of work : Between 1 - 31 January 2019.

Entries should be submitted in electronic/digital form to the email address below.

* Please note that any submission/entry will give permission to CAIF to publish or display the work(s) for the purpose of promoting International Friendship and the aims of the group.

* Please also note that the organizers will not be able to confirm receipt of entries or answer individual inquiries concerning results.

Prize winners will be invited to an award-giving with the Lord Mayor of Coventry to be held during spring term 2019 where they will receive the CAIF Child/Youth/Young Adult  Award for International Friendship. 

All prize winners will be announced on the CAIF website and on the CAIF Facebook page (see below) -

Website :     

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Facebook :           caif@caifers