Solstice Prize for Young Writers Terms and Conditions 

Entry to the Solstice Prize for Young Writers implies your acceptance of all rules and guidelines listed below.

  1. Submissions must be your own original work and must not have been published elsewhere either online or in print.
  2. You can write about any topic.
  3. Closing Datefor entries is MIDNIGHT Saturday 20th June 2020 (including entries postmarked 20th June 2020)
  4. Entries should be A4, typed in a clear font such as Arial or Helvetica in minimum 12pt, in English
  5. Maximum of two entriesper writer
  6. The competition is open to young writers living in the UK only.
  7. All entries are judged anonymously so the writer’s name must notappear on the work itself. Your details will appear on the entry form only.
  8. Postal Entriesmust be sent to: Solstice Prize for Young Writers, c/o Writing East Midlands, Unit 4 The Garage Studios, 41-43 St Mary’s Gate Street, Nottingham, NG1 1PU
  9. Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form – download yours from the
  10. Please ensure you use the correct postage. Writing East Midlands is unable to collect submissions that do not have the correct postage and these will be returned to the Post Office.
  11. If you require acknowledgementof receipt of your postal entry please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked MY SOLSTICE ENTRY HAS ARRIVED!
  12. Online entries will only be accepted through
  13. Entries will not be returned so please keep your own copies. All submissions are shredded and recycled at competition closing.
  14. No corrections can be made after submission.
  15. Eligibility:The Solstice Prize for Young Writers is open to writers between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age. Awards will be given in two age categories 10-13 and 14-17.
  16. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must nothave been previously published in print or online, or been placed in any other writing competition.
  17. All work submitted must beoriginal, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work and not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Entries must suitable for a general audience if published on
  18. Parental Consent.Entrants must have the consent of their parent, school teacher or appropriate adult to enter their work. Appropriate adults must signal their consent on the entry form. Entries will not be accepted without the consent of an appropriate adult. Signatories will be required to re-confirm their consent before the winner announcements on 18th July 2020.
  19. The Award is notopen to employees or trustees of Writing East Midlands or their direct family members.
  20. Winners and Announcements:The winner/s will be informed by Saturday 11th July 2020 and announced on Saturday 18th July 2020, to coincide with the summer solstice. Winners may be asked to provide a photograph and short biography of themselves for inclusion in this announcement.
  21. No written feedbackwill be given on any of the entries other than the 1st Prize winner or any correspondence entered into regarding the outcome of the competition by the judges or Writing East Midlands.
  22. By submitting an entryfor the Award, the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the winning Solstice Prize entries:
  • May be reviewed on the Writing East Midlands website in text and/or audio
  • May be written about in any Writing East Midlands promotional material and that of any sponsors of the Solstice Prize for Young Writers.
  1. It goes without saying that if the winners go on to publish their work, we’ll all be delighted!
  1. The Judging:All entries are guaranteed to be read twice by a dedicated team of readers.
    -The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    -The judging will be fair and independent.
    -The head of this year’s judging is: Henderson Mullin, CEO, Writing East Midlands
  2. The Prize:1st in each age category: £50 cash for you plus £50 book tokens for your school or college
    The winning work will be published on
  3. Non-cash prizes are not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash
  4. Agreement:Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these guidelines without reservation and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition. Entries which contravene these guidelines will be disqualified.