Young People's Zone

Are you in care, or a care leaver? Do you like writing?

Tell us all about your ‘New Beginnings’ in our Voices 2017 writing competition and win up to £100 in shopping vouchers.

Coram Voice thinks children and young people in care have powerful, unique voices that we want the whole country to hear.

Tell us, in our national writing competition, about any new chances and opportunities you have had, or how people in your life have helped give you a new start, and win up to £100 in shopping vouchers.


New beginnings


You could write about any new beginning, such as moving to a new placement or changing school. Perhaps you’ve met a new friend, started a job or found a new hobby, or made any other type of new start. Did your foster carer, residential worker, social worker, teachers, or friends help you? Tell us all about it, in whatever form works best for you. It could be a poem, a rap, short story – anything, just so long as it’s your original work.


New to the UK


We have a special prize this year for the best entry from a migrant young person, so if you have come to the UK from abroad, let us know.

Your entry will be read by a panel of judges including well-known authors and journalists who have a special interest in the care system or experience of being in care. Winning entries will be published in a format that you can share with your friends and loved ones – or, who knows, maybe even your future agent!


Voices 2017 is now closed for entries and shortlisted candidates have been notified. Thank you to everyone who took part. Winners will be announced on 10 April 2017.


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