Guidance for Teachers, Social Workers and other professionals

Thank you very much for your interest in our new creative writing awards.

We need all entries to be emailed to us by a teacher, social worker or other professional who can confirm the age of the entrant and the originality of the work. We cannot accept entries directly from young people or their parents or carers.

We hope you will encourage your young people to enter and will submit their work on their behalf.  Please email to

You may submit up to one poem and one piece of prose (word limit 1,000 words) per young person aged 10 to 15. You can send by separate emails or as a batch.

Please make sure that each entry includes the first name and age of the entrant. (We will identify individual entrants by first name only.)

The sooner you get the work to us, the greater chance it has of being showcased through our social media channels and the virtual gallery on our website.

We will send you written feedback on every entry and a participation certificate. We’re aiming to get these to you within 2 weeks of our receiving them, and would be grateful if you could pass them on to each young person as quickly as possible.

The final deadline is 30 June 2020, after which all entries will be judged for the awards.

When encouraging young people to enter, please support them to consider the following points:

  • Entries work must engage explicitly or implicitly with the life or work of Anne Frank. The more creative the approach the better! We are not seeking a descriptive piece of writing that simply conveys the historical facts.
  • Please encourage young people to read the Diary or selections from it.
  • Anne was in many ways a normal teenager, and young people will find many different ways of relating to her. Please help them to think carefully when making parallels with Anne’s experiences of isolation and discrimination: persecution of Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Holland was very different from the situation in Britain today.
  • All work should carry a message which challenges prejudice and discrimination. This may be directly stated, or subtly or cleverly implied through a story or imagery. The prejudice or discrimination could be general or particular, e.g. ageism, anti-semitism, disablism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism or sexism.
  • Though it is not a requirement, we especially encourage entrants to look at how prejudice has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, e.g. in the rise or hate crimes against people perceived as Chinese.
  • Please encourage young people to review and re-draft their work. They may ask for help such as proofreading, and you are of course welcome to make suggestions, but the writing must be their original work.

If you have any questions or need any further help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

Thank you so much for your support. All of us here at the Trust are really looking forward to seeing the entries.


Sarah Nuzum

Director of Education


Olivia Bruce

Education Team Assistant


May 2020