Young Writer Competition 2018-19

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 ‘Inspiration’ and this may be interpreted in any way.  The word limit is 500 words and entries may take the form of a poem or a story.  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 Entry Form 2018-19

Young Writer Info Pack 2018-19

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition Ltr 28112018

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.  At Crickhowell High School, the competition organizer is Mis C. Davies who can be contacted via email on

The three age groups are:

With the age qualifying date of 31st August 2018, 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 by Saturday 6th April 2019 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 competition organizer.

Competition Guidelines

The task is to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled ‘Inspiration’.  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 handed in to Miss Chloe Davies by a date to be specified by her.

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 the local competition here in Crickhowell, please download the competition entry form available above and hand it in to Miss Chloe Davies.

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