The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2019

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

SUNRISE ON THE SOLSTICE

The Solstice Prize is now in its fourth year. Since 2016, more than 40 young writers have been shortlisted or won prizes as part of the award, and all of them have been published on our website in our annual anthology.

The 2019 prize offered prizes in two age groups, 10-13 and 14-17 years, and entries were welcomed in poetry (of up to 40 lines) and fiction (of up to 1000 words).

We had some amazing submissions this year and it has been a genuine pleasure reading through the imaginative, evocative and skilful work by youngsters all over the country.

 

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

10-13 Age Category  

NATIONAL OVERALL WINNER:

An t-Eilean Sgitheanach (Isle of Skye) – Martha Blue (12)

Highly Commended:

The Lord of Masks – William Brown (11)

Oliver – Paige Bettison – (13)

Rewriting the Book – Iona Mandal (13)

Coma – Joe Briggs (12)

Broken – Lucy Masterson (13)

 

EAST MIDLANDS YOUNG WRITER AWARD

And Now Still – Meri Brooks (12)

 

14-17 Age Category  

NATIONAL OVERALL WINNER:

Care Kids – Tammi-Leigh Ferrin (15)

Highly Commended:

Masquerade 1843 – Lily Osbourne (16)

Who am I to judge? – Elena Tozowonah (14)

Friday 13th – Aasiya Daya – (15)

Syncope – Madeleine Oliver – (16)

Remember That One, Tessa? – Elena Barham (16)

 

EAST MIDLANDS YOUNG WRITER AWARD

How to be Happy in the 21st Century – Maya Stokes (16)