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Voices is back for 2019!

Posted date: 
10 Dec 18

Voices theme

We are excited to announce the return of Voices, our unique annual writing competition for children in care and young care leavers across the country. The competition opened for entries on 10 December 2018.

Voices is a one of a kind platform for children and young people in the care system to have their voices heard and celebrated and to express themselves creatively through the written word.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Growing Up’ and was chosen by young people who took part in the competition last year.  Entries can be in any written form including poems, short stories, raps or newspaper articles, with a 500 word limit. There are four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (age 11-14), upper secondary school (age 15-18) and care leavers (age 19-25). Entries will be judged by a panel of high-profile authors, poets and presenters, due to be announced soon.

When we spoke to young people who were shortlisted in previous years, they said that participating in Voices had inspired them to write more, made them feel appreciated and valued for their talents and helped them to express their emotions about  being in care.* One young writer said: “The competition is a safe opportunity to share your personal story – it’s a wonderful way to embrace your history and yourself”, while another added “to put what you feel on a piece of paper is quite therapeutic.”

Brigid Robinson, Managing Director of Coram Voice said, “We are delighted to launch our Voices competition for the fourth year running and can’t wait to see children and young people’s amazing entries.. We are continually inspired by the talent of the young people, their creativity is immense and we hope their stories improve understanding of their experiences.”

Find out more and submit your entry here!


*Qualitative semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with eleven children and young people who were shortlisted in the Voices 2016 and Voices 2017 competitions to understand their experiences of the competition and how it may have impacted on their lives.