Well done and thank you to all the young writers who submitted stories and poems to our Solstice Prize for Young Writers in celebration of National Writing Day.

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

10-13 Age Category


Nikki the Anteater Does it His Way by Natalie Grady.

Highly commended pieces:

Bannanero and Strawbriette! by Katie Thomson

What am I? by Harry Lehman

Searching for Home by Yusef Ali

Every Bunny but One by Alice Burke

Doll by Erin Evans

14-17 Age Category


The Catch by Anton Caldwell

Highly commended pieces:

Translucent Skin by Ariane Branigan

The Silent Passenger by Rebecca Hawkins

Must by Jenny Gallagher

Ink by Lottie Armitage

The Right Way by Maia Siegel

Read the winning stories and poems here in Beacon 2, our downloadable online anthology. Click on the image to read it online or download your pdf copy.