Guidance for Young People


Here at The Anne Frank Trust, we are really looking forward to receiving your entry.  We can’t wait to read it and maybe even share it!  Don’t delay: the sooner your work reaches us, the sooner we can feed back to you, and the better chance you have that we will share it on social media.

You need to ask your teacher, social worker or another professional person to send your entry on your behalf – so that they can confirm your age and the originality of your work. We can’t accept entries directly from young people or family members.

Here are some tips, ideas and points to think about:-

  1. Speak out against prejudice!
  • We need your writing to help us challenge prejudice and discrimination.
  • You might want to write AGAINST specific kinds of hatred, like ageism, anti-semitism, disablism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism or sexism.
  • You might want to write FOR the way the world could be better, for example for equality, fairness, hope, kindness, togetherness or tolerance.
  • There are lots of ways you can get your message across. You can do it directly by telling your readers what you believe. Or you can convey your message more subtly, for instance through a story or through images.
  • You might want to look specially at prejudice and discrimination now during the coronavirus crisis. For example, can you think of individuals or groups who have been treated differently and unfairly because of Covid 19?
  • Or can you think of different groups of people who are or have been treated badly?
  1. Connecting with Anne
  • We want you to find an interesting way of engaging with Anne Frank from an appropriate and original perspective.
  • Try not just to write an essay of the facts about Anne Frank.
  • Most of all we encourage you to read Anne’s Diary – it’s an amazing book.
  • You can also find parts of the diary made into a video diary here.
  • Be careful about comparing Anne’s situation with ours today. Anne was one of millions of people who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust for being Jewish. Before being betrayed, she and her family spent over 2 years in secret hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne was aged 13-15 at the time, and she wrote in her Diary about being a teenager trapped indoors with family, cut off from everyone else. Many of us relate to her experiences, and we can all learn from her honesty, bravery and good humour. If you compare yourself with Anne, just remember that there are huge differences between the coronavirus lockdown and being in hiding from the Nazis.
  1. Your creative best
  • We want your work to be imaginative and well written. Be as creative and original as you can!
  • If you write a poem, you might decide to make it rhyme, but it doesn’t have to!
  • Also, remember, you don’t have to write a poem at all! It could be a story, an article or an essay.
  • Perhaps start by brainstorming some ideas and key words onto paper, before you dive straight into writing.
  • Think about what it is about Anne that inspires you. What do you find interesting or moving about her? How much do your share Anne’s ideas and beliefs? – or how are things different in your community today?
  • Think about your audience. What is the most engaging way to get your readers to listen to what you want to say? How can you convey things more vividly so that your readers will get a real sense of how you feel and what you mean?

4.Practice makes perfect

  • Don’t rush your work. Take your time. Read it back to yourself a few times.
  • If it doesn’t sound right, or if you think you could find a better way of saying something, re-write it.
  • Then take a break and re-write it again.
  • This is what Anne did! At first she wrote her diary just for herself and her imaginary reader Kitty. Later, when she decided that she wanted to become a published writer, Anne re-wrote most of the diary so that it would work for any reader.
  • Get someone else to check your work before sending it in. They can’t help you write the work, but they might just spot a spelling mistake!

There are lots of websites and organisations that offer support around writing. We’ve listed some of them here: Help and ideas about your writing

Enjoy your writing! We can’t wait to read your work!

Together, we can make sure that prejudice and discrimination become things of the past.