Rotary Young Writer Competition winners provide ‘A Different Perspective’

Rotary Young Writer Competition winners from Clayesmore Prep's Year 7
“Stories are the engines of our imaginations.” – Josh Stearns

Pupils in Year 7 entered the Young Writer Competition sponsored by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland, which consists of Local Heats, District Competitions and the National Final. The theme, ‘A Different Perspective’, was open to interpretation and thus allowed the pupils’ imaginations to soar. 

Much to our delight, three of our pupils have been awarded prizes in the District final’s intermediate age group, for 11 to 13 year-old children. Jenny A. received a certificate of participation and a £10 book token. Georgie B. was placed second and awarded a £15 book token, and Millie C. was crowned the overall winner and received a £25 book token. As Millie is the District Winner, her story will go through to the National Final, the judging of which will take place later this month. 

You can read their stories in full by clicking on the highlighted links below.

In Jenny’s story an extended metaphor is used, capturing a raging tsunami as a galloping horse. The narrative voice is the rider of this magnificent but deadly beast.

The narrator in Georgie’s story is Xeroderma Pigmentosum, the sunlight disease, who will not allow Jack to lead a normal life.

Millie’s winning story takes the narrative viewpoint of a young woman suffering from obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) who believes she is constantly under threat.

All three stories show incredible maturity and thoughtful interpretations of the overarching theme. Well done to all three winners!

It is worth mentioning that this Rotary prize adds to to a string of creative writing accolades this academic year for Jenny, whose most recent other short story reached the second round of BBC’s 500 Words competition in April. Millie also got through to the second round in the same competition the previous year.