Under 18s Fast Feedback Programme

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Entrants under the age of 18 can enter the Koestler Awards at any point in the year. Entrants will get a response within 4 weeks of entry, with guaranteed feedback and the chance to receive special Fast Feedback awards. Please download the Under 18s Fast feedback entry form.

The programme is open to young people in secure children’s homes, young offender institutions and secure hospitals, as well as young people who are being supervised in the community by youth offending teams.

Entries received before the deadline for the main Koestler Awards will also go forward to judging and consideration for exhibitions.

The programme was developed to address the special circumstance that young people face in the criminal justice sector. Sentences are often short and young people move through the system much more quickly. It provides an opportunity for young people to have their work recognised and celebrated before they move on.

Fast Feedback Awards

Entries to the Under 18s Fast Feedback Programme are eligible for additional Fast Feedback Awards, which include Commended and Highly Commended Awards, as well as Special Awards which come with a cash prize of £25.

After the entries have gone through the Fast Feedback programme they are then put forward for the main Koestler Awards and can win any Award as part of the main programme.

How to enter

To be eligible for the programme entrants must:

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