Entry to the Solstice Prize for Young Writers implies your acceptance of all rules and guidelines listed below. 

  1. Submissions must be your own original work and must not have been published elsewhere either online or in print
  2. You can write about any topic
  3. Deadline for entries is 5pm Sunday 30th April 2017 (including entries postmarked 30th April 2017)
  4. Entries should be A4, typed in a clear font such as Arial or Helvetica in minimum 12pt, in English
  5. Only one entry per writer
  6. The competition is open to young writers living in the UK only
  7. All entries are judged anonymously so the writer’s name must not appear on the work itself. Your details will appear on the entry form only.
  8. Postal Entries must be sent to: Solstice Prize for Young Writers, c/o Writing East Midlands, 32a Stony Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LL
  9. Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form – download yours here.
  10. Please ensure you use the correct postage. Writing East Midlands is unable to collect submissions that do not have the correct postage and these will be returned to the Post Office.
  11. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked MY SOLSTICE ENTRY HAS ARRIVED!
  12. Online entries will only be accepted through www.submittable.com
  13. Entries will not be returned so please keep your own copies. All submissions are shredded and recycled at competition closing.
  14. No corrections can be made after submission.
  15. Eligibility: The Solstice Prize for Young Writers is open to writers between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age. Awards will be given in two age categories 10-13 and 14-17.
  16. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been previously published in print or online, or have been placed in any other writing competition.
  17. All work submitted must be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work and not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Entries must be suitable for a general audience if published on www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk
  18. Parental Consent. Entrants must have the consent of their parent, school teacher or appropriate adult to enter their work. Appropriate adults must signal their consent on the entry form. Entries will not be accepted without the consent of an appropriate adult. Signatories will be required to re-confirm their consent before the winner announcements on 21st June.
  19. The Award is not open to employees or trustees of Writing East Midlands or their direct family members.
  20. Winners and Announcements: The winner/s will be informed by Friday 16th June 2017 and announced on Wednesday 21st June 2015, to coincide with the summer solstice and the first ever National Writing Day. Winners must be able to provide a photograph and short biography of themselves for inclusion in this announcement.
  21. No written feedback will be given on any of the entries other than the 1st Prize winner or any correspondence entered into regarding the outcome of the competition by the judges or Writing East Midlands.
  22. By submitting an entry for the Award, the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the winning Solstice Prize entries:
  • May be reviewed on the Writing East Midlands website in text and/or audio
    May be written about in any Writing East Midlands promotional material and that of any sponsors of the Solstice Prize for Young Writers .
  1. It goes without saying that if the winners go on to publish their work, we’ll all be delighted!
  2. The Judging: All entries are guaranteed to be read twice by a dedicated team of readers.
    -The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    -The judging will be fair, independent and anonymous.
    -The head of this year’s judging is: Henderson Mullin, CEO, Writing East Midlands
    -The judges’ decision is final.
  3. The Prize: 1st in each age category: £50 cash for you, £50 book tokens for your school or college (and if you are not in school or college, £50 to the charity of your choice)
    The winning work and ten highly commended pieces in each age category will be published on www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk
  4. Non-cash prizes are not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash
  5. Agreement: Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these guidelines without reservation and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition. Entries which contravene these guidelines will be disqualified.