It’s Competition Time!



The Big 900. Story Writing Challenge.

Children all over the UK are invited to join in celebrating Leeds Castle’s 900th birthday by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by the judges, including tv presenter and children’s author Clare Balding, will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra and only opened again in 100 years’ time!

There are two age brackets: 5 to 9 years and 10 to 13 years. The winning children will be invited to a very special Awards Day at Leeds Castle in 2019 to meet Clare Balding and will win a basket of prizes. They will also be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony with Royalty later in the summer.

Deadline for entry: 5th March 2019 at 12pm

Go to the Leeds Castle website for rules, top tips and information about how to enter.

Voices National Writing Competition

Coram Voice are excited to announce that Voices, their annual creative writing competition for Children in Care and young Care Leavers will return for 2019! They competition will open on 10 December 2018 and close on 10 February 2019.

The theme for 2019’s competition is ‘Growing up’ and prizes include a tablet device and up to £100 in shopping vouchers. Shortlisted entries are also showcased on a special app featuring writing from children in care.

Your entry can be a story, a poem, rap, or newspaper article – anything - as long as it is about ‘Growing Up’ and is 500 words or less. You could write about your experience of growing up so far, how you feel that you’ve changed or grown, or what you hope for the future. Perhaps you’ve got some advice for a younger version of yourself, now that you’re getting a bit older and more experienced.

There are four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (age 11-14), upper secondary school (age 15-18) and Care Leavers (age 19-25).

Go to the Coram Voice website to find out how to enter.