National writing competition for children in care opens for applications

A charity is encouraging teachers to put forward pupils in care for its annual writing competition.

Applicants will be asked to submit a 500-word piece of writing to Coram Voice on the theme of who or what makes them proud. The work can come in the form of poems, short stories, raps or newspaper articles.

The competition, which is now in its third year, is exclusively for care-experienced young people, and is grouped into four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (11-14), upper secondary school (15-18) and care leavers.

The winners of each age category will be announced at a London ceremony on April 9, and will receive £100 worth of shopping vouchers and a tablet computer as a prize.

Judges for this year’s competition include singer Lucy Spraggan, who is a newly approved foster carer, Channel 4 News’ social affairs editor Jackie Long and Jenny Molloy, the author of Hackney Child.

The deadline for applications is February 8, and pieces can be submitted here.