Creative writing challenge for young people in care

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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Coram Voice, a creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers, is open for entries for its 2021 edition.

Coram Voice is a charity that helps children and young people in and around the care system to be heard.

The competition is aimed at allowing care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and share their stories.

The theme of this year’s competition is What Makes Life Good and 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 to 14), upper secondary school (age 15 to 17) and care leavers (age 18 to 25).

Entries will be judged by an expert panel of authors and poets, some of whom have experience of care themselves. The awards will be hosted by actor Peter Capaldi.

Ryan, winner of the Voices 2020 primary school category, said: "This brilliant competition gives young people the opportunity to express themselves. I’ve dealt with lots of difficult feelings to be the person I am today and writing helps to clear my head. Without entering this competition, I wouldn’t have discovered how much I enjoy writing. We all have a poet inside us – we just need to have a go and write from our hearts."

Entries can be submitted online until March 31. Visit

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