Rotary Young Writer

Some of our Rotary Young Writers received their certificates at Roundhay School. Well done Iona Bennett, Megan Brown and Ellie Plume

The National Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

The competition is organised in three stages it is designed to support and encourage development of writing skills.


This competition aims to encourage young people to use their writing skills and write with creativity and imagination.

Who can take part?

This competition is open to students, in full time education, in three age groups: Junior - 7 to 10 years old; Intermediate - 11 to 13 years old; Senior - 14 to 17 years old on 31 August 2015.

The Three Stages of the Competition

The local heats are organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay. Age group winners of local heats are entered into the District (1040) competition.

The deadline for entries to the District (1040) competition is 16 April 2016. Age group winners of District competition are entered into the National Final.

National Final organised by Rotary. One entry per age group per District must be submitted by Saturday 14th May 2016 to the organiser, Peter DOWSE, 14 Stocksfield, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, England CM15 0BU.

The task set is to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Our World is Beautiful’. The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

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

Megan McFarlane from Ralph Thorsbey High School receives a certificate from Scott Wolstenholme in recognition of winning the District Rotary Writer Competition.

Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Roundhay Scott Wolstenholme attended an assembly at Ralph Thoresby High School, to present A level student Megan McFarlane with an award. Megan won the Rotary in Yorkshire district prize for best essay on the theme ‘Our world is beautiful’. Critics described her essay as ‘a strikingly mature and effective piece of writing’.
The Rotary Club of  Roundhay has promoted the competition for the last four years but this is the first time we’ve had entries from Ralph Thorseby school, and the first time one of our local winners has gone on to win at District level.
It’s very worthwhile doing our bit to recognise and nurture young talent.
Thanks Kate, for your participation in this. And thanks for the photos. Look forward to more winners next year.