Rotary Young Writer 2018 Results

Rotary Young Writer Competition

This easy to enter competition is ideal to encourage young people to take up pen and paper
like Miriam Stobart (right) the winner of the Senior District Competition 2018

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought after and useful skills that young people can demonstrate.  Rotary wishes to promote writing through the RIBI Young Writer competition.

There are young people who have this gift or have the ability to develop it.  Rotary promotes writing through the Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland Young Writer competition.

R.I.B.I. NATIONAL FINAL – YOUNG WRITER 2017/18

THEME - 'A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE'

Peter Dowse, National Coordinator Young Writer and Young Photographer contests, would like to thank Clubs and Districts around R.I.B.I. for sending in winners for the final. 

He notes that 'It was considered that the theme was difficult for the younger age groups, and I agree, but they managed it well. Well done to all entrants and thanks again to Districts for entering. I really feel this competition should continue into the future. We had had: 24/25 Districts enter with 69 entries.' 

Next year the final date will be earlier in April for submissions and the National Youth Lead, Chris Williams has already circulated next year’s 'Young Writer' theme: ‘My Inspiration’ to districts.

The Judges:

  • Michael Sutherland-Harper – Retired Deputy Head, Lead Ofsted Inspector, Chair of a School Governors and teacher of English and languages.
  • Mary Bingham – Mother, Grandmother, avid reader, involved and working with youth.
  • Tash Radford – Owner of Children’s Bookshop, The Chicken and Frog. Ex-School Teacher with Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature.  Holds daily workshops for young people of all ages who wish to improve writing and learning.
  • Sue Stevens – Worked with youth and in youth clubs assisting with writing and learning. A Sunday School Teacher for the younger children.  A retired NHS Board Secretary, avid reader and presently a reader for talking Newspapers.

The entries were put into age category and passed to the judges ONLY stating names to ensure no bias at all.  No judge knew any detail of the entry only a name.

JUNIOR (7-11) WINNERS

  1. JACK GLOVER- DISTRICT 1070. ‘Judges said, ’Highly accomplished, knowledgeable, and different, a different perspective and highly interesting.’
  2. ISABELLA O’SHEA- DISTRICT 1090. ‘Judges said, ‘Accomplished and evocative writing, Creates a very good picture.’
  3. HUGO REES-DISTRICT 1145. ‘Judges said, ‘Accomplished effort on the theme of energy and fossil fuels.’  JOINT WITH – OLIVER DAVISON-DISTRICT 1040, Judges said, ‘Quite knowledgeable about the boats and sea and well written.’

HIGHLY COMMENDED
GRACE CAMPBELL-DISTRICT 1010, ELIZABETH HUTTON-DISTRICT 1080, ARCHIE WILLAN-DISTRICT 1110, KATE DENNISON-HERBERT-DISTRICT 1120, AARON BLAINE-DISTRICT 1160, ROSE HARTLEY-DISTRICT 1190, CAITLIN SACKER-DISTRICT 1210 AND ADAM BAKER-DISTRICT 1030.

INTERMEDIATE (11-13) WINNERS

  1. REBECCA SHARKEY-DISTRICT 1160. Judges said, ‘A really good piece of work being blue but wanting to be different-pink.’
  2. JACK LEWINGTON-DISTRICT 1175. Judges said, ‘A mature and thoughtful piece of work about dyslexic.’
  3. JOINT: LILLY TIBBITTS-DISTRICT 1030. Judges said, ‘writing about anorexia and self-harming-a very brave effort.'
    JOINT: PHOEBE BATT-DISTRICT 1260. Judges said ’A well written piece where it ends where it began.’

HIGHLY COMMENDED
MILLIE CHINNOCK-DISTRICT 1110, MAISIE DOWELL-DISTRICT 1040, NATALIE BOLIK-DISTRICT 1010, KATHRYN REID-DISTRICT 1230, CAITLIN BRADLEY-DISTRICT 1070, OLIVER O’SULLIVAN-DISTRICT1060, OLIVIA MARRIAGE-DISTRICT 1200, ISLAY REDDY-DISTRICT 1190, MAISIE DOWLE-DISTRICT 1040, IRIS FERRAR-DISTRICT 1130, HELENA LIVESEY -HAMMOND-DISTRICT 1145.

SENIOR (14-17) WINNERS

  1. SIENNA LAKIN-DISTRICT 1145. Judges said, ‘Beautiful imagery, written about Down’s Syndrome.’
  2. HAMZA SHAHID-DISTRICT 1260. Judges said, ‘A very clever piece of work about a lion and a boy.’
  3. ISABEL STEPHENS-DISTRICT 1130. Judges said, ‘A well written piece about the fragility of life and family.’

HIGHLY COMMENDED
LUISA GROTSCH-DISTRICT 1120, TRINITY -GRACE ROBINSON-DISTRICT 1030, LAMORNA PEAKE-DISTRICT 1220, JOE SANDHU-DISTRICT 1180 AND NATASHA OGLE-DISTRICT 1010.



DISTRICT 1190 FINAL WINNERS

  • JUNIOR WINNERS
    1. Rose Hartley (Ulverston)
    2. Ben Haken (Gt Harwood & Rishton)
    3. Zach Graves (Cockermouth)
  • INTERMEDIATE WINNERS
    1. Islay Reddy (Ulverston)
    2. Iona Hendleman (Clitheroe)
    3. Jacob Routledge (Whitehaven)
  • SENIOR WINNERS
    1. Miriam Stobart (Wigton)
    2. Georgia Hancock (Thornton Cleveleys)
    3. Ruby Coburn (Appleby)
The three first placed winners were entered in the RI National Final the results of which are shown above. 

RULES OF THE COMPETITION

This competition is open to young people aged 17 or under on the 31st August: 

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.

Starting with club level competitions, winners progress to district events and ultimately a national final. The winning work is subsequently published in Rotary magazines.  The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding and we expect no less this year. 

For full details and requirements please see below :

Young Writer Information Pack 2016-17 (PDF)  

Young Writer Information Pack 2016-17 (DOC)

Contact details 

Pam Holgate, District Young Writer Coordinator  
18 Sunnyside Avenue, Wilpshire, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 9LW 
Mobile - 07903 310555        Email - Pam Holgate