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Dear Future Self Writing Competition

The Rotary Club of Canterbury “Dear Future Self” Writing Competition for Secondary Schools aims to encourage youngsters to think about how life may change in the future. The competition, overseen by our Vocational Committee, was run for the first time at the start of 2021, with the prizes being provided by local businesses/individuals. The competition proved so popular that the club decided to repeat it.

What is the 2023 challenge?

The 2023 challenge is for students to write a message to their future self which is intended to be delivered and read in 25 years’ time. Entries need to be about an employment, profession or business or the monarchy. For further details about the topic, please see the latest competition rules below.

Who can enter?

At the date of submission, all entrants must normally be attending secondary school, 6th form college or equivalent. For further eligibility criteria please see the competition rules below.

How it works:

Entries are made by email.

There are two categories of entries according to age group.

A panel of judges consider all entries and choose the winning entries.


The prizes for each category are:

  • 1st prize: £250
  • 2nd prize: £100
  • 3rd prize: £50

How to enter:

Note: The deadline for the 2023 competition is the 31st January 2023.

There is no entry fee. All that is necessary is that entries meet the challenge set out in the rules below and comply with those rules.

Click here to download the 2023 POSTER (PDF file).

Click here to download the 2023 RULES of entry (PDF file). 

Please read the rules carefully for details of how to submit an entry and the submission deadline.

For queries about the competition, please contact:


Previous competitions

  • 2021 Challenge: to write a message about a big issue or a building/other structure.
    • Article about the launch here.
    • Article about the winners here.
  • 2022 Challenge: to write a message about an employment, profession or business.
    • Article about the launch here.
    • Article about the winners here


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