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Get Write In!

A creative writing competition for all school-aged children who are looked after or have care experience

The awards ceremony will be in Edinburgh on Tuesday 15 August, where we'll celebrate with winners and runners up. Pop back later to see news on the fantastic winners.

About the competition

Do you fancy being the next budding bard or aspiring author? Are you itching to pen a poem or scribe a story? Yes? then we've a fantastic writing competition for you.

It's been created to celebrate the talent of children and young people who are looked after or have care experience.

Why you should enter

Author Alan Dapre explains why the competition is a great opportunity for care experienced children and young people.


The theme

The theme for the competition is Random Moments.

If you think you could write up to 500 words about one of your ‘Random Moments’, in either English or Scots, then we’d love to see you get writing to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

Tell us about a random moment, an unexpected surprise, a moment that was a turning point, a fork in the road, or one captured by a photograph. Write a poem or a story in your own voice or the voice of a character - you can be as creative as you want - writing gives us the chance to use our imagination.

The prizes

We've teamed up with The Scottish Book Trust, Who Cares? Scotland and the world famous Edinburgh International Book Festival and you could be in with a chance of winning an unforgettable prize of a trip to the Harry Potter Experience in London!

  • The winner from each age group gets a ticket for them and a carer to go to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. We'll also throw in overnight accomodation and travel.
  • Runner up prize for each age group of a ticket for you and a carer to any Scottish Book Trust Authors Live event
  • Winner and finalists of 5-12 age group will be given the chance to attend a Storytelling workshop
  • Winner and finalists of the 12 - 18 age group can attend a Creative Writing session
  • All runners up will be invited to an awards ceremony, during the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Our judges

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We’re so excited that Jackie Kay, Scotland’s National Poet is on board and will be helping to judge your promising prose and terrific tales. She'll be helped by published authors Charlie Gracie and Raymond Soltysek.

Winners will be announced by Jackie, and she'll read out their poem or story.

Read Jackie's poem for our competition.

Stuff you need to know

There are two age categories; one for primary aged children and one for secondary aged young people.

If you’d like to enter, all you have to do is complete the entry form, enclose it with your original poem or story up to 500 words in length, in either English or Scots, about a ‘Random Moment’ that you’ve had, and:

  • Post it to Get Write In, CELCIS, Curran Building, 94 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0LG
  • Give it to your advocacy worker - if you have one
  • Send it in an email to

The competition is now closed and we're currently judging all of the fantastic entries.

If you have any questions, contact us by email:

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94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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