For the last six years the editors of Lacuna have invited young people, aged 14 to 17, to tell their own stories about human rights and social justice.
The Writing Wrongs Schools Programme, run from the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, is a free course, offering a series of workshops led by professional writers and journalists supporting young people in high schools to write about human rights issues that matter to them.
Winners in the past have tactfully examined experiences such as immigration, forced marriages, and human trafficking.
Our latest winner, 17-year-old Ellie Beckett, gives readers a sensitive and investigative account of her first-hand experience with free school meals and explores the stigmas and judgment which come with it. She identifies a grave misplacement of responsibility within our current political culture and dissects the intricate elements of child food poverty shame.
Below you can find Ellie’s piece along with stories from our previous winners and runners-up.