Young Writer

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 Rotary GB&I 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.



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: 23/25 Districts enter with 66 entries.' 

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.


  1. Ahmed Bukhari – District 1090.  Judges said, ’A touching tribute to an inspirational father. It celebrates the bond between father and son. Considerable potential from a basic of language.’ (Sponsored by BURNHAM BEECHES Rotary).
  2. Arlo Freer- District 1110.  Judges said,‘Original and unique- a clear and relevant message and appropriate to the theme. Nice blend of poetry and prose.’ (Sponsored by FOUR MARKS AND MEDSTEAD Rotary)
  3. Betty Algar-District 1080  Judges said, ‘Relates to the challenges in the World. Clear reference to her inspiration and areas covered show a clear knowledge of the subject.’ (Sponsored –Not Known).

Florence Williams – District 1060; Osian Harris – District 1150; Katie Evie Rogers – District 1190 and Poppy Duncan – District 1010.


  1. Leanne Painter - District 1210Judges said, ‘Excellent use of language, everywhere and nowhere, all inspirational and comprehensive. Good use of terminology.’ (Sponsored by UTTOXETER Rotary)
  2. Euan Bennett - District 1180. Judges said, ‘Clever use of English, strong description of the pain of inspiration.’ (Sponsored by BEBINGTON Rotary).
  3. Samuel Horn - District 1120. Judges said, ‘Inspirational from being charitable to others. Poetical prose with sensitivity to the needs of others and well written.’ (Sponsored by ASHFORD Rotary).

Holly Beckman - District 1175; Ryan Johnstone - District 1240; Anthony Agranovsky – District 1060; Lily Tibbitts - District 1030; Caysie Ray - District 1190.


  1. Euan Sinclair - District 1150. Judges said, ‘Extremely well written piece on the inspiration of art. Very good use of English.’(Sponsored by HAVERFORDWEST Rotary)
  2. Ruby Browning - District 1175. Judges said, ‘About the fact we should learn from mistakes and look forward to a brighter future. Very accomplished poem format.’ (Sponsored by BUDE Rotary)
  3. Abrielle Preston - District 1190. Judges said, ‘Unique perspective which “they never would have thought of”. (Sponsored by Not Known) (JOINT)
    Olivia Weston - District 1110. Judges said, ‘An account which brings her granny to life.’ (Sponsored by HAMBLE VALLEY Rotary).

Thomas Beckwith - District 1030; Natanya Lim - District 1010; Charlotte Perry - District 1240; Kate Preedy - District 1145.


    1. Rose Hartley (Ulverston)
    2. Ben Haken (Gt Harwood & Rishton)
    3. Zach Graves (Cockermouth)
    1. Islay Reddy (Ulverston)
    2. Iona Hendleman (Clitheroe)
    3. Jacob Routledge (Whitehaven)
    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. 


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