Searching for the best young writer in Rugby

2013 writing competition winners.
2013 writing competition winners.

The search is on for the best young writers in Rugby to showcase their talent and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

The Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Young Writer Competition is back for another year in Rugby.

The three Rotary Clubs of Rugby are running the competition in conjunction with the Advertiser. Together we want to find the best young writer in Rugby.

Last year’s winners were Rosie Haynes (senior) and Grace Stuchbury (junior), while (junior) runner-up Tom Hodgkinson-Brooks went on to win at district level and was second in the national final.

Once again we have three age categories:

Junior for seven to 10 year olds; intermediate for 11 to 13 year olds; and senior for 14 to 17 year olds.

Entrants should write or type a story in prose entitled: “What a different that made to my life/their lives.”

“That” can be anything the writer wishes to define.

It is suggested that entries should be around 500 words on an A4 sheet.

The closing date for entries is Friday March 21.

Entries should be posted or delivered to the Advertiser office at 2 Albert Street, Rugby, CV21 2RS.

Entries will then be judged by our three judges - Advertiser editor Chris Lillington, Andrew Fletcher, head of English at Rugby School and Laurence Tilley from the Rugby Writers’ Guild.

The winning entries in each age group - plus runners-up if they are judged to be good enough - will be entered in the district competition.

Winners of each age group - donated by the three Rotary clubs - will be £25.

Mr Lillington said: “The Advertiser is pleased to support this year’s Young Writer Competition again. I’m hoping that as many young people as possible take the time to enter as I’m sure there are some great writers out there. I very much look forward to reading their stories.”

Full competition rules can be found at