The Children’s Society are currently campaigning to get the shockingly low levels of support for 16-17 year olds improved. Their campaign is called Seriously Awkward.

More About Seriously Awkward From The Children’s Society

As part of their Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, The Children’s Society are looking for stories no longer than 2,000 words about this awkward age. So if you fancy yourself as a budding author, this could be a great way to get your work “out there”.

Children's Society poster

Who can get involved?

Unpublished Authors age 16 and over. Category 1 is for entrants age 16-25. Category 2 is for entrants aged 26+

The First prize winner in each category will receive expert advice and feedback on their story from a top literary agent. Runners up will receive a selection of writing goodies. Finally, all entries must be submitted by 31st August.

So what are you waiting for?

To get involved, register your interest here. Who knows where it could lead! Firstly, your story should be up to 2000 words long and should explore life in the “Seriously Awkward” period between childhood and adulthood. (Age 16-17). Finally, the piece should be a work of fiction and can be told from any perspective and any genre.

Children's Society poster - seriously awkward poster

Check out the competition’s full information and FAQs here.

While you’re over on their website, have a look at The Children’s Society’s new quiz…

Which Teenage book character are you?

I’m Ron Weasley – I’m definitely inclined to agree! I was as awkward around my crush, and as moody as Ron at that age!

Children's Society quiz results

Right now in the UK, there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. The Children’s Society works with these young people, step by step, for as long as it takes. They listen, they support, they act.

Find out more by visiting the About Us section of The Children’s Society website. Lastly: Check out more of my kids blog posts here.

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