our principles

There are a number of principles that are intrinsic to VOICE, and these are very important to us. These principles form the core of the project and serve as a foundation for all our work. They are: fairness, diversity, respect, tolerance, independence, engagement and non-profitability.




VOICE is based on fairness- towards our writers and our audiences. This means we never push or pressurize our writers beyond what they are comfortable to share in their stories, and we do not emotionalise or politicise their stories. We are also open about how we work to our audiences.



VOICE aims at collecting stories from individuals from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, and fields of work. We also try and engage a diverse range of audiences of different ages and educational backgrounds. This diversity constitutes a core part of the project, and is also reflected in the international character of the VOICE team.



VOICE is based on respect. We respect our writers´ stories and experiences, and their decision on what (not) to share with our audiences. We ask our audiences to do the same.



At VOICE, we strongly believe in tolerance towards others. We do not accept, let alone support, racism or any kind of discrimination within the project.



VOICE is independent of any political party or organisation. We do not follow or promote political agendas, and do not aim at putting forward a particular point of view or projecting a particular kind of image. We also do not necessarily agree with our writers´ or their organisations´ opinions.



VOICE is built on many different forms of engagement- between writers with their work, between our team and our writers, and between the project and the audience. We cherish this engagement as a core part of the project and hope it will make our audiences think, reflect and challenge their own and others´perceptions.



VOICE is a non-profit project. Any funds earned or raised by VOICE are used to cover our project costs. Our team works on a volunteer basis, and our writers are not paid for their stories. All profits from book sales of A Definition of Snow are donated to PEN International to take VOICE´s aim of projecting voices further.