Young Writers’ Competitions – E-Rotary working in partnership with Worcestershire Literary Festival – programme week commencing 24th January, 2013
There is an opportunity for the District 1100 eClub to link with Worcestershire Literary Festival (WLF) in their Young Writers’ Competition and partner them to provide workshops for youngsters 7-17 culminating in a competition to be judged in June this year. WLF would in exchange support the youngsters in entering and promote the (prospective) District 1100 eClub RIBI New Generations writing competition in November this year.
WLF envisage cash prizes of £15 for the winner, £10 second place, £5 third place in three categories to match RIBI categories:
JUNIOR: Aged 7 – 10 years (Date of Birth 01/09/2002 – 31/08/2006)
INTERMEDIATE: Aged 11 – 13 years (Date of Birth 01/09/1999 – 31/08/2002)
SENIOR: Aged 14 – 17 years (Date of Birth 01/09/1995 – 31/08/1999)
[NB: Same age groups as RIBI Young Writer Competition. In common with RIBI rules, an amanuensis may be used if the entrant has difficulties eg impaired vision or motor control – this means that an entry may be dictated to someone who records it on behalf of the entrant.] The winning entrant and his / her immediate family will receive an invitation to the WLF Launch event and will read their winning entry to open the festival. They will meet the Worcestershire Poet Laureate who will award them their prize and a certificate. Their work will appear in a WLF anthology later in the year.
WLF plan to run workshops throughout Worcestershire – the Worcester one will be held Saturday 25 May 2013 – there will be a brief introductory talk – writing tutors, from available and willing volunteers: Jennifer Bogan, Jenny Hope, Maggie Doyle, Sue Johnson, who will run the workshops and introduce the competition. The theme is ‘13’ and the entrants can write a poem or prose as long as it is less than 300 words.
WLF will promote the RIBI competition in November – flyers could be given out at the WLF workshops. If the eClub wishes to run similar workshops in October, this could be arranged – potential to invite other RCs to attend and invite their competitors too.
Potential venue for the workshop – St John’s Library, Worcester – other venues in Worcestershire are being considered and our Poet Laureate has a meeting with Worcestershire Librarians to discuss.
Expenditure of £90. Would raise WLF / Rotary profile in the community / attract people to WLF / Rotary events / give the children a wonderful experience and encouragement to write.
WLF competition entries will be sent by email to WLF and judged by a panel. The RIBI Young Writers’ Competition will be run according to RIBI rules. WLF would ask Rotary to support the WLF competition by promoting the workshop and the prize-giving event, maybe attending the winners presentations – WLF plan to ask the Worcestershire Poet Laureate and / or the Mayor to present certificates / prizes at the Guildhall and involve the press.
It is proposed that the eClub runs the Young Writer Competition in November purely via digital means ie all entries via email. A major benefit is that all children in the district would get the opportunity to enter the competition, not only those who happen to be in a school or college associated with Rotary. We may get concerns from Rotary Clubs in the District, who might fear that their own Young Writer Competitions could be affected by entries being sent by email to the eClub.
Please post your thoughts and suggestions, this is very exciting to be running something in the North of our District.