Young Writer Competition 2017-18

The National Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).  The theme of this year’s competition is ‘A Different Perspective’.  It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourage development of writing skills.

The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to:

  • Use their writing skills
  • Write with imagination and creativity



All the documents pertaining to the competition may be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link below or by visiting the Rotary Club website at

Young Writer Competition Info Pack 2017-18

Young Writer Competition Entry Form 2017-18

Young Writer Competition Poster 2017-18

Who Can Take Part

The competition is open all schools and college communities, including those that are home educated, and any other young people’s community organisations, such as community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

The three age groups are:

With the age qualifying date of 31st August 2017, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all of the stages of the competitions i.e. a competitor may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September.  Such a competitor is still allowed to enter.  Competitors must include their date of birth on the entry form.

For entrants with motor control difficulties, an amanuensis may be used to record the entrants work to paper.

Students should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary club through their respective group or organization.

Competitors, schools, colleges, and organisations can participate in a district that is outside their boundary, but can only compete in one club / district competition.

The Competition Stages

There are three stages of this competition:  Local Heats, District Competitions and the National Final.

Local Heats are orrganised by local Rotary clubs.  Winners of these  are entered into a District Competition, which are also organized by Rotary.  Winners of District Competitions are entered in to the National Final.  One entry per age group per district may be submitted for the by Monday 7th May 2018 to the organizer of the National Final, Peter Dowse, 14 Stocksfield, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, ESSEX   CM15 0BU.

The dates for Local Heats and District Competitions will be determined locally.  Interested parties should check dates with their local Rotary club.

Competition Guidelines

The task is to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled ‘A Different Perspective’.  The written entry may be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.  Questions have been asked about spelling and, although this is not an issue, please bear in mind that judges  have made comments upon spelling in the past.
An A4 page or up to 500 hundred words is suggested as a suitable submission.

Entries should be sent to the stage organiser by the closing date.

Entries will not be returned unless specifically requested.



Judges, Judging Criteria and Prizes

Judges with appropriate skills, appointed by Rotary, will apply the judging criteria.  They will consider imagination relative to the subject; ability to engage interest and ability to be consistent in the power of argument. 

Only in exceptional circumstances, at the sole discretion of the competition organiser, will correspondence or discussions be entered into following a competition by the competition organiser.

At all stages of the competition, competitors will receive a certificate of participation. 

The national winners will be given appropriate awards.

How To Enter

To enter a local heat, interested parties should contact their local Rotary club or enter via their school, college or other organization.  If necessary the Rotary Youth Competition Co-Ordinator, Bill Campbell, may be contacted on the email address .

Entrants must complete an entry form and submit it, with their text to the stage organiser at the time specified.

*  The information relating to the Young Writer Competition is provided courtesy of the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland.