The VOYCE Writing Competition is an opportunity for care-experienced children and young people to write about Covid-19 through their eyes. The theme for our writing competition is:
How COVID-19 affects children and young people in care in Aotearoa.
This theme is broad so that you can be as creative as possible AND your writing should in some way reflect the unique perspective of children and young people in care.
There are two writing categories to choose from:
- Essay writing
- Creative writing
What’s the difference between creative writing and essay writing?
Creative writing uses mood, tension, fantasy, and/or surprise to take readers into the exciting and imaginative world you have created – often written to entertain the reader. In this competition, creative writing can be a poem or a fictional story – such as a children’s story.
Essay writing uses facts, examples and logic to describe a real-life experience, person, place, event and/or object – often written to convince the reader about an issue.
This competition is open to all care-experienced children and young people living in Aotearoa with two age groups, 7 – 12 and 13 – 18.
There are fantastic prizes to be won:
Age Group 7 – 12: Two overall winners, one from each writing category, will win a $150 gift card of their choice.
Age Group 13 – 18: Two overall winners, one from each writing category, will win a $150 gift card of their choice and get to be a part of the Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards.
Highly commended in each age group will win a $100 gift card of their choice.
Entries open Wednesday 13th May 12pm, and close Sunday 31 May, 5pm.
Click to download the VOYCE Writing Competition Guidelines with more information about what to write, how to write, and how to enter.