12/12/2019Voices 2020 - an annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers is being launched today by Coram Voice

Voices 2020: Dreams
Voices 2020: Dreams

The competition opens for entries today (Thursday 12th December 2019) at and closes on Wednesday 12th February 2020. Inspired by ideas from last year’s entrants, this year Coram Voices are asking looked after children and care leavers to write about Dreams. They can write about their family, social workers, foster carers, teachers, friends or even their pets. It could be a poem, a short story, a song, a rap – anything! As long as it is under 500 words and complies with the Voices terms and conditions.

There are four age categories to enter:

Primary School (ages 4-10)
Lower Secondary (ages 11-14),
Upper Secondary (ages 15-17)
Care Leavers (ages 18-25).

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony next April and have their writing published in a book showcasing their achievements.

Coram Voices thinks care experienced young people have powerful, unique voices and they want the whole country to hear them. They aim to promote a positive image of care-experienced young people and to counter negative conceptions by highlighting these young people’s achievements and positive stories. By hearing, and more importantly listening, to their voices they hope to better understand their experience and how to make their lives better.

You can read some of last year’s incredible entries at to get a feel for what Voices is all about. If you have any questions about the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact or take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.