2022 Inspire Like Churchill Competition

Win $1,000. Create a one-minute video using Winston Churchill's ‘Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat’ speech.

Write and film a one-minute speech inspired by Winston Churchill’s ‘Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat’ speech.

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Entries must be received by 31 October 2022.

Your Challenge

Reimagine this speech for today by submitting a one-minute video recording.

To help guide your creative process, consider these questions:

  • How would Churchill have delivered this speech in 2022?
  • What would have been his theme?
  • Would he have sought to tackle climate change or the war in Ukraine?
  • What language would he have chosen to get his message across to a modern audience?
  • How might he have used video to reinforce his message?

About the Contest

  • The competition – coinciding with the 82nd anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s “Blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech - asks students from around the world to invoke the spirit of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister by writing and recording an inspirational speech in response to the current global challenges.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel including a descendant of Winston Churchill, Emma Soames.
  • The judging panel also includes leading experts and historians, including Candice Millard, author of Hero of Empire. 
  • There will be three equal winners who will receive $1,000 equally split between the individual/team and their school, college, or university

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About Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (30 Nov 1874 – 24 Jan 1965), grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during World War Two, and again from 1951 to 1955. Known as the 'British Bulldog' and for his wartime leadership as Prime Minister, Churchill was also a Sandhurst-educated soldier, a Boer War hero, a Nobel Prize-winning writer and historian, a prolific painter, and one of the longest-serving politicians in British history. Apart from two years between 1922 and 1924, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1900 to 1964 and represented a total of five constituencies. 

Submit your one-minute video entry of Churchill’s ‘Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat’ speech and win $500 for yourself and $500 for your school, college, or university.

Winston Churchill receiving the Freedom of the City of Cardiff, 16 July 1948, by Ivor Williams

Follow these steps to enter

Follow these easy steps and be sure to submit your entry prior to 31 October 2022.

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Step 1: Create your entry

Familiarise yourself with Churchill's ‘Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat’ speech and record your one-minute video entry. You can find the full speech here.

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Step 2: Get the permission of your parents

If you are under 18, you must get the permission of your parents to enter the contest.

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Step 3: Fill out the form

Use the button below to find the entry form. Make sure that you fill in the form completely and attach or include a link to your video. You must agree to the Terms and Conditions in order to enter.

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Step 4: Submit your entry

Click the submit button on the entry form. We will be in touch as soon as the competition judging has been completed.

Winston Churchill

All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope.

14 May 1947, United Europe Meeting, Albert Hall, London

Winston Churchill Signature

Contest Terms and Conditions

  • You must be between the ages of 11 and 21. If under 18 you must have your parent’s permission to enter.
  • You can submit as an individual or as team of no more than 3 people.
  • Entries are open worldwide to all nationalities.
  • Entries must be a video no longer than 60 seconds submitted online using the form on this page.
  • There will be three equal first prizes of $1,000 with the money to be equally split between the individual (or team) and their school, college, or university.
  • Start Date: 13 May 2022
  • Closing Date: 31 October 2022
  • Winner announced: 25 November 2022
  • The judges’ decision is final.

On 13 May 1940, Churchill delivered an historic call to arms. In his first speech as wartime Prime Minister he faced down those who would seek peace with Hitler and pledged himself to pursuing victory.

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat

Delivered to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”


We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that be realised; no survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal. But I take up my task with buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, “come then, let us go forward together with our united strength.

Winston Churchill, 13 May 1940

About the International Churchill SOciety

The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill’s death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.

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Winston Churchill

In this island we have today achieved in a high degree the blessings of civilization. There is freedom; there is law; there is love of country…there is a widening prosperity. There are unmeasured opportunities of correcting abuses and making further progress.

2 July 1930, Bristol

Winston Churchill Signature
Mary accompanying her father Winston

Mary accompanying Churchill on the HMS Duke of York, shortly before leaving Britain for the US in December 1941. © Imperial War Museum (H 16478)

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