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Do you enjoy writing? Care Leaver? Coram Voice is launching its creative writing competition for care-experienced young people!

The children’s rights charity Coram Voice has announced the return of ‘Voices’, the writing competition for care-experienced young people, for a second year. The competition launched on 9 January 2017 with the theme ‘New Beginnings’. 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 into three age categories: primary school, secondary school and care leavers, with a special additional award for migrant children in care or as care leavers. Entries, which can be submitted online at www.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 novel writing 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 find out more, please visit www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2017.