For thirteen years the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) (a registered charity No: 299372), has provided an opportunity for writers from around the world to enter our writing competition. The aims of the Yeovil Literary Prize are threefold:
- to promote Creative Writing,
- to provide a genuine opportunity for aspiring writers, everywhere
- to support the YCAA in its future role by raising funds
The Yeovil Literary Prize is now fully realising its aims. The international response to the Prize has been outstanding with wide-ranging quality writing being entered for judging. Clearly there are a huge number of talented writers who thrive on the opportunity to develop their craft. We are proud to offer an award to novelists who are not well-represented among literary prizes elsewhere. We also present a chance for writers of work that does not fall into the usual categories offered by writing competitions with our ‘Writing Without Restrictions’ category.
Several past winners and Highly Commended authors have now been published. See our Successes tab. This competition is watched keenly by agents and publishers for thriving talent.
A few of our first 2011 Prize Anthology are on offer; our second Anthology of the 2012 and 2013 winning entries is now available if you click on the link.
There are two ways to enter, by using the postal system or online using PayPal; its ease of use has assured new entrants. We look forward to receiving and reading your work when our writing contest opens on 1st January 2016.
All profits from this competition are ploughed back into the community to sponsor local talented students who are studying the arts, various art projects, and to host cultural events. We reach out to all the arts and also host an annual YCAA Man Booker Debate in partnership with the Yeovil Waterstones store.
We are a partner in the annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The fourth Yeovil Literary Festival weekend will run from 20th – 24th October 2016 . The YCAA has forged a strong bond with The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA21 1UZ, where we host events in the Johnson Studio. Full details of the YCAA activities are available on our website at www.yeovilarts.co.uk where you can also access our link to the Octagon Theatre website.
There is an additional award given by the YCAA for the Western Gazette Best Local Writer of £100, so that is an added incentive for local writers who live within the distribution area of the Western Gazette to enter.
The Yeovil Literary Prize is managed by a dedicated team of volunteers and all details of how to enter can be found on www.yeovilprize.co.uk
The writing competition runs from 1st January and closes on 31st May each year.
Send postal entries to:
YCAA, The Octagon Theatre, YEOVIL, BA20 1UX
Our Patron is best selling author Margaret Graham. www.margaret-graham.com.