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Rotary Young Writer 2023: The national results

Rotary Young Writer 2023: The national results

Participants in 2023’s edition of the competition were tasked with tackling the theme of ‘Peace’ with their works.

This National Young Writer Competition is a well-established competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland.

The competition gives young people from across the Isles the opportunity to express themselves through writing and embrace their creativity. It’s one of several youth competitions offered by Rotary Great Britain & Ireland.

Each year, the participants are provided with a theme to focus on and this year the challenge was to produce a piece of fiction or non-fiction prose or a poem based on the theme of ‘Peace’.

Local and district heats were organised by Rotary clubs from around Great Britain and Ireland before being whittled down to the selection that was submitted to this year’s judges of the national final.

Lucy Thornton, the coordinator for the Young Writer Competition, commented: “I would like to say thank you to all the young people who have taken part in this year’s Young Writer Competition, from a club, district and national level.

“The entries I received nationally were out standing and the judges had difficulty choosing the winners. The judges and I enjoyed reading all of the entries.”

Here are the winners of this year’s competition:


1st – Kitty Robinson with ‘The Day That Peace Sang’ (Part I and II), nominated by Hunstanton & District Rotary Club
2nd – Elin Williams with ‘Peace‘, nominated by The Rotary Club of Builth Wells
3rd – Kylah Cooper with ‘Heartbreaks and Headaches‘, nominated by Laurencekirk & District Rotary Club



1st – Rebecca Cowan with ‘Peace‘, nominated by The Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay and District
2nd – Leo Walker-Lloyd with ‘Peace’ (Part I and II), nominated by The Rotary Club of Andover
3rd – Esther Derbridge with ‘On the train‘, nominated by Settle Rotary Club



1st – Joanna Dani with ‘Peace‘, nominated by The Rotary Club of Twickenham-upon-Thames
2nd – George Roberts with ‘What is Peace?‘, nominated by Truro Boscawen Rotary Club
3rd – Summer Jennings with ‘Finding my peace‘, nominated by Skipton Craven Rotary Club


If you want to find out how you can get involved with the next edition of Rotary Young Writer, click here.