Voices 2021: The national writing competition for children in and leaving care

We are excited to announce that Voices 2021, is now open!

Over the last five years over 1000 care experienced children and young people have entered Voices. So if you are a budding writer, poet or have got something you would like to write then get involved.

Not only will all finalists be published in an anthology, but there is the chance to win a £100 prize, runner up prizes, books, vouchers.

This years theme

Every year there is a theme chosen by children and young people to write about – this year it is “What Makes Life Good”.  This could be anything from places you have been, things you have done, People who are important to you, things you like to do or anything else that you feel ‘Makes Life Good’ for you.

Your entries can be up to (but no more than) 500 words long and can be a story, poem, rap, article or anything else that fits the theme.  


The competition is open for entries from now until 31 March 2021.


So if you are a child or young person in or leaving care aged 25 or under  we would love to hear from you.  Depending on what age you are you will fit into one of the categories below:

  • Primary Category (Under 10s)
  • Lower Secondary Category (Age 11-14)
  • Upper Secondary Category (Age 15-17)
  • Care Leaver Category (Over 18s)

How to enter

To send in you entry please complete the form below.

Download the poster

Voices 2021 poster 1

Voices 2021 poster 2

Get inspired

Take a look at past entries, videos, recordings of previous years’ entries as well as our full event from 2020.

Get inspired page

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