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‘Voices’ is five

Coram Voice has announced the return of Voices, the annual writing competition for children in care and young care leavers across the country.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, will be open for entries from 12 December 2019 until 12 February 2020.

Coram Voice is a charity that ensures the voices of children and young people in and around the care system are heard. It first launched the competition in 2016 as a platform for care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and to celebrate their voices.

The theme of this year’s competition, ‘Dreams’. Entries can be in any written form including poems, short stories, raps or newspaper articles, with a 500 word limit.

Brigid Robinson, managing director of Coram Voice, said:

“It has been fantastic to see the competition go from strength to strength and to read all of the remarkable entries we’ve received over the last five years.

“This year’s theme of ‘dreams’, chosen by young people, is guaranteed to see more creative and inspiring written pieces from care experienced young people, reminding us all of their talent and resilience.

“We hope their stories will continue to improve understanding around their experiences and celebrate their achievements.”

There are four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (age 11-14), upper secondary school (age 15-17) and care leavers (age 18-25).

Entries will be judged by a panel of authors, poets and presenters, alongside young people who were finalists in last year’s competition.

Previous competition entrants said that participating had inspired them to write more, made them feel appreciated and valued for their talents and helped them to express their emotions about being in care.

Entries can be submitted online at Voices 2020 between 12 December 2019 and 12 February 2020.