Young Writer

About the RIBI Young Writer Competition 2019-2020

Creative writing is a talent to be celebrated and to be able to write is a special gift. In Great Britain and Ireland there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop this talent and we wish to promote writing through the Rotary Young Writer competition. Starting with club level competitions, winners progress to district events and ultimately, a national final with the winning work subsequently published in Rotary magazines and on this website. The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding.


This three stage national competition aims to encourage development of writing skills. If offers young people the chance to;

  • Practice their writing skills
  • Write with imagination and creativity

The competition is open to students in full time education in three age groups;

Junior                     7 – 10 years     (by the 31 August each year)

Intermediate         11 – 13 years     (by the 31 August each year)

Senior                  14 – 17 years      (by the 31 August each year)

An amanuensis can be used for entrants with motor control difficulties to record their work to paper.

All entries must be through a sponsoring Rotary Club

The winning District entry for each age group will be entered into the RIBI final.

An entry may be a piece produced in class, a piece of work done for SATS or Coursework, a piece written as part of badge work in a youth organisation or a piece written for the competition by an individual.

The task:

To produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Connections’.

The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.


A piece of work of around  500 hundred words or one side of A4 would be a suitable length of submission

The written entry can 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 the only advice to be given is that judges of this competition have made comment upon spelling in the past.

Each Rotary Club may submit one entry for each age group.

Judging is based only on

  • imagination relative to the subject,
  • ability to engage interest, and
  • an ability to be consistent in the power of argument.
  • For entrants with motor control difficulties, an amanuensis may be used to record the entrant’s work to paper

Club round of Competition

Rotary Clubs will arrange their own competitions during January and February before half term holidays, so to enter you need to get in touch with your local Rotary club and check the date for entries, or in case of difficulty the District 1070 organiser Richard Warr.

The Rotary club will run a local competition and  then send the winning entry for each age group  to the District Competition coordinator by the deadline of Saturday 29th February 2020.

All  entrants will receive a participant certificate  with  appropriate prizes to the winners.

For more information about the competition the rules and entry/parental consent forms forms, please read the Competition Information Pack

A completed entry form must accompany each entry to the competition. Download the entry form here.

To submit entries please contact your local Rotary club or for more information or assistance,  contact: Rotarian Richard Warr at the Rotary Club of Northampton West.( contact details in the District 1070 Handbook)

District 1070 winning entries 2018/2019

The District 1070 competition results were as follows


1st Ellerker Warne , Spaldwick Primary School , (RC Kimbolton Castle)

( adjudicators comments: Excellent imagination, excellent engagement of interest and very good consistency of argument. Beautiful imaginative writing. Some very expressive images)

2nd Lillie Golding  Towcester C of E  Primary School ( RC Towcester)

3rd  Sabine Singh, Leicester High School for Girls ( RC Leicester)


1st Wiktoria Flisek , Leicester High School for Girls ( RC Leicester)

( adjudicators comments: very Good imagination, very Good engagement of interest and excellent consistency of argument. A well structured account of the ways in which music can inspire)

2nd  Louisa Afnoukh ,Ivanhoe College( RC Ashby Hastings).

3rd   Tilly Holroyd, Casterton College Rutland (RC Rutland)


1st  Dan Hewitt Ashby School ( RC Ashby Castle)

( adjudicators comments: excellent imagination, very Good engagement of interest and very good consistency of argument. A sophisticated piece of writing , which took quite a dark but imaginative exploration of the theme)

2nd Josie Thornton, Beauchamp College Oadby (RC Oadby),

3rd Katie Hopkins , Casterton College Rutland ( RC Rutland)

The district 1070 winner in each age group has gone onto the national final.

National winners 2018/2019

The winners of the national round of the competition are shown here:

Junior (ages 7-10)

  1. Ahmed Bukhari – sponsored by Burnham Beeches Rotary
  2. Arlo Freer – sponsored by Four Marks & Medstead Rotary
  3. Betty Algar – sponsor not shown

Intermediate (ages 11-13)

  1. Leanne Painter – sponsored by Uttoxeter Rotary
  2. Euan Bennett – sponsored by Bebington Rotary
  3. Samuel Horn – sponsored by Ashford Rotary

Senior (ages 14-17)

  1. Euan Sinclar – sponsored by Haverfordwest Rotary
  2. Ruby Browning – sponsored by Bude Rotary

3. Abrielle Preston – sponsor not shown and Olivia Weston sponsored by Hamble Valley Rotary