The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 

A creative writing prize for 10-17 year olds brought to you by Writing East Midlands 


The sun didn’t rise until eight and will set before four – it’s the winter solstice. This means only one thing (other than it’s way too dark…) the results of our Solstice Competition for young writers are out!

From Aberdeen to Jersey, British schools across Europe and from Anglesey to Ipswich, entries for this year’s Solstice Prize flooded in – in their hundreds! Our judging panel thoroughly enjoyed reading them and struggled to shortlist as the standard was really high.

If you didn’t win, we know you will be disappointed, but we thought we’d share some of our judge’s observations with some writing tips on our young writer’s facebook page @WEMYoungwriters early in the New Year. We will also be publishing the winning stories and poems on our web site with some of the stories behind the winning pieces.

2018 Solstice Anthology – Revealed!  Click here to download it!

Thanks again to all the young writers who entered last year’s Solstice creative writing prize (in their hundreds!) We loved reading their work and choosing the winners was very difficult indeed. Apologies for the delay in publishing these pieces, we had real difficulties in getting hold of one or two of the winners and didn’t want to publish their pieces without them knowing. Thanks for your patience and keep on writing!

The winners and highly commended pieces in each age category are as follows:

10-13 Age Category 

Overall Winner: Two Alone on the Moor – Martha Blue

Highly Commended Pieces:
The Spell That Went Wrong  – Alena Mueller
Apple Pie – Mekha Benny
An Artist and a Writer – Mahrou Meem
Someone Give This Robot a Hug – Agata Ferst
Ashes – Selvi Nicholls

14-17 Age Category 

Overall Winner: Three Thousand Miles – Mary O’Shaughnessy

Highly Commended Pieces: 
The Girl – Zak Caine
Don’t Come Here – Min Young Elizabeth Kim
Broken Girl – Sana Riaz
Loose Threads – Eloise Wexelstein
Bereavement – Kisholi Perera-Merry


Eradication – Henry Lambert
‘Twas The Night – Daniel Thomas

Counting down now to Solstice 2019 which will be launched in September. If you’d like to know when submissions open, email: and we’ll keep you posted, or call 0115 7934110