Dear 2020 Project

Congratulations to all of the young writers who entered The Dear 2020 Project in Lewisham. Watch the video below to find out who won in each age group!

Dear 2020,
We need to talk…

Dear 2020 Project is a writing competition for young people aged 11-25 in Lewisham.

If you could speak to the year 2020, what would you say?

The Challenge

We challenge you to write a letter of no more than one side of A4 directly to the year 2020.

What are you thankful for?

What are you angry, or confused, about?

What questions would you like 2020 to answer?

Perhaps you’d like to offer it some advice?

Your letter can take any form you like- it can be fictional or based on your own experiences, written from any perspective and can use prose or poetry. You can type or handwrite your letter and you are welcome to illustrate or decorate it.

Creative thinking is encouraged- you can interpret the challenge however you wish!

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-25 who lives, works or studies in Lewisham. See the full rules here.

There are three age groups: 11-13, 14-17 and 18-25.

The competition closes at 11:59pm on Friday 9th October 2020.

The Judges

Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an internationally published, award-winning author of over 40 books for children. She is also an oral storyteller with a loud voice and she writes trade fiction, non-fiction, poetry and theatre. Her stories are inspired by folktales from India, Hindu mythology and her travels around the world. Find out more at


Femi Komolafe is the Young Mayor of Lewisham. Alongside his team of Young Advisors, he supports and is a spokesperson for the borough’s young people. The team are democratically elected by the schools and colleges of Lewisham and work to inform and advise the mayor and council on issues relating to young people.


Meera Ghanshamdas is the manager at Moon Lane Ink CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to raising equality in children’s books. She is passionate about driving forward change and progressing the conversation with regards to diversity and inclusion. She has spoken publicly at various institutions and conferences about diversity and managing a community interest company. Born in Hong Kong, she has lived in five countries, across three continents, before settling to live in London. Meera has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.

sarah parrott

Sarah Parrott is the founder and owner of Write Sparks and the creator of the Dear 2020 Project. As an experienced teacher and writing specialist, Sarah has taught writing to many hundreds of young people in South London over the last decade. Find out more at

The Prizes

In each age group there will be one winner and two runners up.

The winner of each age group will receive a £50 voucher for Moon Lane Books, our local independent bookshop, dedicated to raising equality in children’s books, who have a wonderful range of books and gifts for children and adults.

The winners and runners up will have their work publicly exhibited at Moon Lane Books.

There may be additional opportunities for publication for the winners, to be confirmed!

How to Enter

To enter, read the full rules here, then download a consent form here.

You can send us your letter and consent form by email to

Or by post or hand-delivery to:

Dear 2020 Project, Write Sparks, Moon Lane Books, 300 Stanstead Road, London, SE23 1DE.

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Supported and Funded by the London Borough of Lewisham