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Are you in care or a care leaver? Do you like writing? Tell us about 'Who or What Makes You Proud' in our Voices 2018 national writing competition and win a tablet device and up to £100 in shopping vouchers. Shortlisted entries will also be showcased on a special app featuring writing from children in care.

You can write about anyone or anything that makes you feel proud, such as how you've coped with moving to a new placement or changing school. Perhaps you’re proud of a family member or friend, or because you've 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 written form that works best for you. It could be a poem, a rap, short story, newspaper article – anything, just so long as it’s your original work.

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 themselves of being in care. Winning entries will be published online so you can share them with your friends and loved ones – or, who knows, maybe even your future agent.

So, what are you waiting for? Get writing – we can’t wait to get reading.


How to enter


Voices 2018 is open for entries (from 9am on Friday 8 December) and closes at midnight on Thursday 8 February. There will be four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (11-14), upper secondary school (15-18) and care leavers.

Find out more about how to enter Voices 2018 here

Discover the prizes for Voices 2018 here


Voices national writing competition


Voices 2018 is Coram Voice’s third annual Voices writing competition for children in care and young care leavers. The national competition  was launched in 2016 to mark Coram Voice’s 40th anniversary and in honour of our founder, Gwen James, who died in 2015.

A platform for the voices of children in and around the care system, the competition promotes a positive image by showcasing young people’s creativity and improving understanding of their experiences.

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