The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2019

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


We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 Solstice Prize, now in its fourth year; more than 40 young writers have been shortlisted or won prizes as part of the award and all of them have appeared on our web site.

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 (in both categories): £50 cash for the entrant and a £50 book token for their school/college

Work published on

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


Or, download a postal entry form HERE and post 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 21st December – at midnight

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

Entries submitted without appropriate consent will be disqualified.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

If you’d like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0115 7934110

Get a feel for work that won, and was commended, in 2018:

Click here to download the anthology of work from our 2018 prize.