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.

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 Shaugnessy

Highly Commended Pieces: 
The Girl – Zac 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

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