Young Writer Competition 2019-20

Information on the Rotary Young Writer competition

Young Writer Competition 2019-20

Theme - "Connections"

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

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
With the age qualifying date of 31st August 2019, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all the stage competitions i.e. a competitor may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September is allowed to enter. Competitors must include their date of birth on the entry form.

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 submitted for the District competition All competitors should fill in an entry form which is available from the Rotary GB&I website under Youth competitions. The entry form should be submitted along with the story etc to Jackie Grigor.

To produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Connections’. 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 are that judges of this competition have made comment upon spelling in the past.

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 circumstances 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

Full guidelines and entry forms can be found on the Rotary GB&I site in the members section.