Rotary Club of Belfast

Young Writer Competition

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Calling all Young Writers




A flair for creative writing is a special gift and the written word has a unique and valuable place in society in that its influence exists long after the spoken word is forgotten. The Rotary in Britain & Ireland Young Writers Competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. It is a three-stage competition designed to encourage young people to use their writing skills and write with imagination and creativity. Results will be published in Rotary publications.

It is open to young people in three age groups (on 31 August 2018):

  • Junior 7 to 10 years old
  • Intermediate 11 to 13 years old
  • Senior 14 to 17 years old

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

The Three Stages of the Competition are:

  • Local Heats organised by local Rotary clubs from which age group winners are selected and submitted to -
  • the District Competition from which age group winners are selected and submitted to -
  • the National Final organised by RIBI

2017-18 Competition Guidelines

Entrants must produce a written or typed story in prose entitled: A Different Perspective

This can be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece is related to the theme.

An A4 page or up to 500 words is a suggested suitable submission.

Entries for this year's competition must be received by 17 March 2018 . 

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before submission for guidelines and official entry form which requires certification from a parent, guardian, or teacher that the entry is exclusively the entrant's own work. Parental consent is needed if entrant is under 18.

It is a condition of entry that Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) shall have the right to reproduce any entry without fee, unless objection is made in writing on the entry form. The winning essays will remain the property of the authors. However, the articles may be displayed, included in Rotary Today magazine and or shown on the RIBI web site stating the winner's age group. Entries may not be returned unless specifically requested.

Judges with appropriate skills, appointed by Rotary, will apply the judging criteria considering 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 the competition organiser, will correspondence or discussions be entered into following a competition by the competition organiser.

Rotary Young Writer Competition 2015/16

The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding and no less in the 2016/7 competition themed "Reflection".

The winning entries in each category can be read here.

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