The competition theme was left open, so we received poems, stories and multimedia pieces on a variety of topics. However, some topics proved more popular than others, with many of the young people choosing to write about their families, their experiences of school, care and fostering, and, perhaps inspired by Tim Peake's recent stint aboard the International Space Station, adventures in outer space! Entrants also used their creative writing to share inspiring messages of peace, positivity and love.
The competition has now entered the second phase of judging, and we're almost ready to announce the winners... watch this space!
With special thanks to our expert judges:
Roger Hurn, children's author
Gareth Williams-James, education specialist for children looked after and in need
Carrie Herbert MBE, founder and chief executive of Red Balloon Learner Centre Group