Voices is the only creative writing competition for children and young people in care and care leavers in the UK, aged 25 and under.
The competition celebrates the creativity and talent of care experienced children and young people and is a chance to get work published and win some great prizes.
How does Voices work?
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 writing competition is a creative way for you to tell us about your experiences.
Every year the Voices writing competition chooses a theme. Past themes have included ‘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 then shortlisted for our awards ceremony with winners selected for the different categories based on ages.
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 your own stories.
Since it begun, the Voices competition has shared the experiences of 100s of children in care and care leavers who have entered.
Voices awards event
The Voices awards event was held in person with finalists reading their entries to guests at an event in central London. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the events for 2020 and 2021 are online.
In previous years, Voices has been supported by a number of big names. In the past few years it has been hosted by Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and judges have included Lauren Child, Ashley John-Baptiste, Mr Gee, Paolo Hewitt, Rick Flo, Christel Dee, Paul Torday and many others.
How to get involved
Each year the competition is supported by dozens of volunteers, who each give up a small amount of their time to read some of the entries we receive and provide their scores to help us find our top entrants.
You don’t need to have any special expertise to help us shortlist entries – just an interest in creative writing and a full briefing will be provided.
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