Voices 2022: The national writing competition for children in and leaving care

We are excited to announce that the Voices 2022 creative writing competition is now open!

This is now the sixth year we have held Voices and in that time over 1000 care experienced children and young people have entered the competition, many of whom have discovered a passion for writing and gone on to have careers in fields such as journalism and publishing.

So if you are a budding writer, journalist, poet, songwriter, storyteller, or just feel inspired to have a go at writing, then get involved today.

There is the chance to win some fantastic winners and runners up prizes – more info to come on those soon – and all finalists be published in an anthology and be invited to a finalist celebration event.

UPDATE:  We are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we will be extending the deadline for Voices 2022!  

Our new deadline for entries is now 14 April 2022.

This years theme

For this years competition, we wanted the theme to be chosen by care experienced children and young people. We held online polls and the winning theme was selected as, ‘This is Me’.

You can interpret ‘This is Me’ in any way you would like and we welcome you to be as creative as you can be!

Your entries can be up to (but no more than) 500 words long and can be in any form of writing at all, be it a story, a rap, a poem an article, a song, anything as long as it is in written words and fits in with the theme.


The competition is open for entries from now until 14 April 2022.


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

Voices 2022 is now closed! 

Thank you to everyone who entered. Keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates.

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

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