A competition to encourage young people to use their imagination and creativity in writing.

Young Writer

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Great News For National Prizewinner MarlaPayne
District 1100 and Worcester Severn

Marla Payne is the National Junior Young Writer Prizewinner! From St Barnabas First & Middle School, Marla sent her entry on the theme of Reflections to the RIBI National Young Writer Competition via Mrs Reeder, a most supportive teacher, to the Rotary Club (RC) of Worcester Severn. 

RC of Worcester Severn declared Marla’s poem their winner in the Junior category of the competition. The entry was forwarded to the District 1100 competition along with those from eight other D1100 clubsagain, Marla’s work was adjudged the winner. 

Marla’s poem went on to the National Co-ordinator of the Young Writer Competition, Peter Dowse, along with the District’s winning entries in the Intermediate and Senior categories, and has won the National prize in the Junior category.

You will find a copy of Marla’s poem attached, about which the National judges said: ‘A wonderful, mystical piece of work, very thoughtful’

and the District 1100 judges said: 'A complex poem with an unusually mature theme. Excellent use of imagery and phrasing. An awesome poem.'

Marla has received vouchers and certificates from RC of Worcester Severn and from District 1100. RIBI award a certificate, a trophy and a £75 cheque to the 1st National prizewinners in each category.

Our thanks to the Rotarians who judged the entries, and also to independent judges, Tony Judge and Rod Griffiths, two well-qualified individuals, one a professor and one a doctor, both authors and publishers, who have staunchly volunteered to support Rotary in the Young Writer Competitions over the past five years.

The RIBI Young Writer Competition attracts thousands of entries nationally, and in 2016 there were entries from 21 clubs in District 1100 over the three categories: Senior, Intermediate, and Junior, representing young writers aged between 7-17 years of age. 

This is the second time that District 1100 has demonstrated commitment to young writers and to this competition as in 2014 our Junior prizewinner Oliver Annable came third overall nationally. 

For an Information Pack that can be shared with the General Public and explains the competition in detail giving rules, entry forms etc., please go to: https://www.rotarygbi.org/what-we-do/youth-competitions 

My personal thanks to everyone involved in the competition, and especially to Ceri Pridding for her unfailing support.

Best wishes


2016 - 17  theme is "Reflection" 

RESULTS 2016 -1 7

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 Judges' comments

Senior winners

Read their submission 



Royal Wootton Bassett

Lucy Heard

Compelling story about a Syrian refugee who reflects gratefully on her new life in England. A few minor slips in the language. / Good. Adventurous to tackle such a subject and done well.

Runner up

Cotswold Tyndale

Laura Travis

Short but profound poem about the way that some commemorations of war are too comfortable and commoditised.
'It should scrape off the sepia/ Cast off the nostalgia/ Set the silence growling.' / Good tight structure and well developed narrative.

Intermediate winners





Grace Knuth

Story personifying the sea in a reflection on the seasons and the stages of life. Generally well written but with a few slips / Somewhat over written like the others in this group but with a better structure and written from a fascinating point of view.

Runner up

North Cotswolds

Eleanor Plater

A beautifully crafted story about a young girl who discards all her many promises to herself in favour of an all-encompassing "be yourself"  / This young writer should be encouraged to develop an idea rather than squeezing in too many adjectives. Nevertheless, a well-written piece of work.

 Junior winners




Worcester Severn

Marla Payne

Complex poem with an unusually mature theme. Excellent use of imagery and phrasing. / Awesome poem.




Scarlett Barr

An accomplished poem about the multifaceted and difficult-to-express nature of emotions. / Wow. Very imaginative and well constructed.