AN ANNUAL writing competition has been encouraging youngsters to get involved with writing for more than ten years.

Salisbury Rotary Club’s Young Writer Competition challenges youth aged seven to 17 to engage with creative writing and enter their own written work (500 words) to be judged by local authors and teachers.

The theme for this year was A Different Perspective, and the junior category was won by Archie Willan, from Leehurst Swan.

About 300 entrants have been taking part each year, and all are awarded a certificate to acknowledge their hard work.

Rotary coordinator, Clive Barnwell said: “We’ve had some very good entries in the past, and children have been entering since 6/7 years old.We want to see all standards of work, our aim is to improve pupil’s literacy skills, creativity and imagination.”

The winning story has the opportunity to be entered into regional and national competitions.

The theme for 2019’s competition is My Inspiration, for details and to sign up contact Salisbury Rotary Club.