Rotary Young Writer

A writing competition for young people

Rotary Young Writer Competition
Rotary Young Writer Competition

Creative writing is a special gift that not all are blessed with, and to be able to write poetry is a special talent. There are talented young people and many who have the ability to develop this talent and this competition enables Rotary to promote and encourage the creative writing of young people.


This competition is open to young people aged 17 or under on the 31st August and is split into three age categories: 

  • Junior, for those aged 7 to 10
  • Intermediate, for those aged 11 to 13 
  • Senior, for those aged 14 to 17

The Competition

Contestants are challenged to write or type a Fiction/non-fiction/story/poem of up to 500 words on a given theme.

The competition is held to enable young people to:

  • develop their writing skills
  • encourage them to write with imagination and creativity

The three Stages of this Competition:

  • Local Heats – To be arranged by Rotary clubs
  • District Finals 
  • National Final 
Tara af Forselles
Tara af Forselles

Young Writer Winner

Tara af Forselles, a pupil at Highworth School in Ashford, won the Rotary GB&I national award in the intermediate class of the Young Writer competition in 2017.   


Download the 2021/22 competitionInformation Pack and contact your local Rotary club for an entry form.


For more information, please email

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