The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2020

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 2020 Solstice Prize, now in its fifth year, more than 50 young writers have had shortlisted or won prizes 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: £50 cash for the entrant and a £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.


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: Saturday 20th June 2020

Winners will be announced on 18th July 2020


*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 me on – Tel: 0115 793 4110