Young writers' voices

Voices is our annual national writing competition for care experienced children and young people.

Voices 18 logoThe theme for this year's competition is Who or What Makes You Proud. Entrants can write about anthing that makes them feel proud in whatever written form that works best for them.

You can find out more on the Coram Voice site or read Voices 2018 winners and shortlisted entrants.

Now in its third year, the annual Voices competition is designed to be a platform for the voices of children in and around the care system. It promotes a positive image of care-experienced children and young people by showcasing their creativity and improving understanding of their stories.

Voices winners

In 2017, the theme for the competition was New Beginnings.The winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by actor and former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

You can read all the shortlisted entries on Creative Voices, a new free app featuring an anthology of writing by children in care. 

Or you can browse New Beginnings, a collection of writings from Voices 2017 available from CoramBAAF.


But with these people helping me through my life, I can do it and I will eventually become stronger and no longer crying my way to sleep every night. My soul had been torn apart, but now it has been sewn back together. - Steven, winner of Voices 2016 

Find out more about Voices

Every day, Coram Voice works with children in care and care leavers. They inspire and motivate with their resilience, their maturity but most of all with their extraordinary voices and stories. 

Voices competition was launched in 2016 to mark Coram Voice’s 40th anniversary and in honour of its founder, Gwen James, who died in 2015. 

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