Academic partnerships

National Care Leavers Week

In Celebration of National Care Leavers Week Liverpool John Moores University are running an online creative competition for the next generation of poets, songwriters and storytellers!

We are looking for entries from young people across the country whether it is your first time putting pen to paper or you have been painting for years, we want to hear from you.

There will be three winning entries with up to £100 Amazon Vouchers up for grabs.

Entry Criteria:

  • Must be aged 11-16 years old
  • Currently in foster, local authority or adoptive care

Please submit one of the following:

  • Written song
  • A poem
  • Short story of no more than 500 words
  • Piece of artwork be a sketch, drawing or painting

Your submission can be about anything that means something to you, be a reflection of your life in care, someone you love or a symbol of journey through lockdown.

The competition will close on Friday 29th October, with winners announced on Friday 5th November

In order to submit your entry please email and include:

  • Name
  • Contact email address (of which to receive the winning voucher)
  • School and Year group
  • Guardian name and phone number:

Please check you have read the small print below 😊

* Winning entries may feature on the LJMU Webpage and/or social media platforms, if you are not happy for your name or entry to be shared, please inform us when entering the competition. Alternatively, we are happy to keep your name anonymous.
*Entrants can only enter individually with one entry per applicant
*There will be 3 winners selected which will be chosen by a panel of LJMU staff
* Entries must be an original piece of writing or art. As the submissions may be published it is important that these do not include any names of the entrant or other living persons. If you are unclear about whether your submission contradicts these terms and conditions, please email