Voices creative writing competition

The Voices 2024 creative writing competition, sponsored by Cadence Innova, has now closed. Thank you to all the children and young people who submitted pieces of writing and congratulations to our winners. Watch this space for Voices in the future.

Find an anthology with all the shortlisted entries and winners revealed here.



What is the Voices creative writing competition?

Coram Voice is a leading children’s rights organisation, championing the rights of children in care and care leavers. We get young voices heard in decisions that matter to you and work to improve your life thorough our advocates, our helpline and work such as A National Voice. The Voices creative writing competition is a unique way for you to tell us about your experiences.

Every year the Voices creative writing competition chooses a theme. Past themes have included ‘What makes me different?’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Growing Up’, ‘What makes you proud?’, ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Who makes you happy?’.

You can enter any written content of 500 words or under in any form. This could be inspiring stories, poems, raps, articles or anything else that fits the theme. The top rated writing is then shortlisted for our awards ceremony with winners selected in each of the four categories: primary, lower secondary, upper secondary and care leavers.

As well as being a celebration and showcase of the creativity, talent and imagination of children in care and care leavers, Voices also aims to improve understanding of the experience of care by giving care-experienced young people the chance to tell their own stories.

Since it begun, the Voices competition has shared the experiences of 100s of children in care and care leavers who have entered.

To find out more, email us on info@coramvoice.org.uk