Voices writing competition

Voices entries

Primary School Category

To My Sister! by Aminah Art of My Heart by Adam Proud of Being Proud by Chael's I Am Proud Of… by Lewis PROUD by Connor What Makes Me Proud by Liam

Lower Secondary School Category

Who Makes Me Proud by Karis Shout it Loud, it’s Time to Find PROUD by Charlotte Ro to the Rescue by Allasandro Feeling Proud by Tamzin Every Day in Every Way by Teoni

Upper Secondary School Category

Proud by Emma Never Said Enough by Charde This is Me… by Elisha Every Single Day by Ronnie Kindest Boy in the Class by Lyndsey A Letter to Myself by Jade

Care Leaver Category

Pridary by Tychique Sincerely, From an Older You by Louise Let Me Just Check That With Mike by Nathan What Deserves the Picture of my Pride by Asmara Forced to Grow by Abbey Proud by Georgia

The Voices writing competition gives looked after children and care leavers a platform to express themselves in their own words. 

Against a backdrop where the stories about care-experienced children are often negative, the competition promotes a positive image by showcasing young people’s creativity and improving understanding of their experiences.

It was launched in 2016 by the Coram group charity, Coram Voice, in honour of its founder Gwen James who died in 2015.

Coram Voice believes that by hearing, and more importantly listening, to the voices of young, care-experienced people, we can better understand them and make their lives better.

Voices’ supporters

Voices  is fortunate to have a wide range of supporters, some of whom have experience of care themselves.

The Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi hosted our two most recent Voices awards events.

He said:

“The judges and I were immensely impressed by the quality of writing, and the ability to convey emotions and experiences through the power of the written word. While they vary in their formats, from letters and poems to short stories and raps, they all keep the reader engaged from start to finish.”