The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 

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

The Solstice Prize, now in its third year, inspires young people to use creative writing to view the world from a fresh angle and share what they see. It recognises excellence, encourages creativity and helps develop critical editing and presentation skills.

We’d love to see entries of poetry (up to 40 lines) and short stories (up to 1000 words) on any subject. It’s completely free to enter and prizes will be awarded in two age categories:

10-13 and 14-17 years.  

1st prize: £50 cash for the entrant £50 book token for their school/college  

Work will be published on 

There will also be a range of giveaways and writing treats for the ten most highly commended pieces in each age category.   

Click here to enter.

Or, download a postal entry form and send your entry to Education Manager,  Writing East Midlands,Unit 4, The Garage Studios, 41-43 St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham NG1 1PU

Closes for entries 30th November 2018

Winners will be announced on the day of the Winter Solstice 21st December 2018


*All entries must be accompanied by parental or teacher consent.

Entries submitted without appropriate consent will be disqualified. 

If you’d like further information please don’t hesitate to contact me on – Tel: 0115 7934110