Information on the Rotary Young Writer competition

Young Writer Competition 2017-18

Theme - "A Different Perspective"

This National Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourage development of writing skills.


This competition aims to encourage young people to:

  • Use their writing skills
  • Write with imagination and creativity

There are 3 categories:

  • Junior 7-10 years
  • Intermediate - 11-13 years
  • Senior 14-17 Years
Age is defined as that on 31 August 2017. (Somebody who is say 11 on 31 August 2017 will fall in to the Junior Category even though their birthday falls the next day and they then compete as a 12 year old!)

Clubs are free to enter as many or as few categories as they wish for the District competition but only the winner of each category should be sent to Ian Geddes. (For date see below). All competitors should fill in an entry form which is available from the RIBI website under Youth competitions. The entry form should be submitted along with the story etc. If a Club is planning to enter please would they notify Ian Geddes of their intent by the end of November, click HERE.


To produce a written or typed story in prose or verse entitled ‘A Different Perspective’. The written entry could 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 comments upon spelling in the past. An A4 page or up to 500 hundred words is a suggested suitable submission. Winning Club Entries should be sent to Ian Geddes - address is on the District website and in Directory - by 15th March 2018. The District 1020 awards will take place sometime after that at a venue and time to be determined. Entries may not be returned unless specifically requested.

Judges with appropriate skills, appointed by Rotary Clubs, will apply the judging criteria below.

Judging Criteria

Judges will consider imagination relative to the subject ; ability to engage interest and ability to be consistent in the power of argument. Only in exceptional circumstance, at the sole discretion of Ian Geddes, will correspondence or discussions be entered into following the District competition.


At all stages of the competition, competitors should receive a certificate of participation. Clubs may award prizes of their own choosing.

More information

Information Pack -
Guidance Notes -

Ian W. Geddes
Rotary District 1020 Young Writer Organiser