The youth advocacy charity Coram Voice has announced that ‘Voices’, its writing competition for care-experienced young people is returning for a second year. The competition launches on 9 January 2017 with the theme ‘New Beginnings’ and Coram Voice is asking children and young people to draw inspiration from a change in their lives or opportunities they’ve experienced to try something new.
The competition is grouped in three age categories: primary school, secondary school and care leavers, with a special additional award for migrant children in care or care leavers. Entries, which can be submitted online at coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2017 from 9 January until 21 February, can be in any written style including poems, short stories or newspaper articles, with a 500 word limit.
Work will be judged by a panel whose collective expertise spans writing novels and non-fiction, journalism and experience of the care system. Included are Paolo Hewitt, care experienced author whose work includes biographies of the Jam and Oasis, and Jackie Long the social affairs editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News. Who reports on issues facing young people in the care system.
Steven, winner of the Secondary School category for Voices 2016 said: “I didn’t think I’d win so I was really happy when they said I had. I’d say to this year’s entrants –even if you think you can’t win – as I did – you never know, just try your best.”
If you or someone you know would like to enter or would like to find out more, please visit coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2017