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Do you have a story to tell? Do you fancy sharing your experience with others, or having your work published online? Are you over 16? If so, submit your story to our first Write Speak Share competition for your chance to win some fantastic prizes, including 40 hours of driving lessons with the AA.

About the competition

IMO exists to celebrate your achievements and to share your stories and experiences with others in a similar situation to you. Write Speak Share is our brand new content creation competition, and as well as giving away some brilliant prizes, we’ll publish the best entries on IMO.

Theme: My biggest achievement

Prizes: The winner will receive a full set of driving lessons with the AA (that’s a massive 40 hours of lessons!) and three runners-up will each receive a pair of Curzon cinema tickets and a year-long subscription to Tastecard.

Who can enter: Teenagers over 16 in care and care leavers in England, up to the age of 25.

Format: entries can take the form of a blog post, short story, article, poem, photograph, video, vlog or podcast – as long as it fits with the theme, you can be as creative as you like!

Closing date: midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019

Guest judge: Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield

How to enter: Complete our competition entry form and send it, along with your entry, to [email protected]. You can also post your entry to:

IMO – Write, Speak, Share

Children’s Commissioner’s Office

Great Smith Street

London SW1P 3BT

Take a look at our frequently asked questions and terms and conditions before submitting your entry, and if you have any questions email [email protected], or contact us on Twitter. Good luck!

What to write about

This month’s theme is ‘My biggest achievement’. Think back – what is your biggest achievement? What have you done that has made you feel proud, that you would like to share with others? You could create content that tells the story of any achievement or proud moment you have had in the past – for example, how you coped with being in care, or how you dealt with moving to a new placement or leaving care. Perhaps your biggest achievement is passing your exams, starting a new job, or taking on a new challenge – it’s completely up to you!

If you’re not sure where to start, or if you need some inspiration, take a look at some of the fantastic content that young people with care experience have already created for IMO here and here.

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