The Yeovil Literary Prize

Yeovil Literary Festival 2015

The third Yeovil Literary Festival will open with the YCAA Literary Dinner on Wednesday 28th October, at 7pm, tickets are £25, with guest speaker Lesley Pearse, and a Champagne Reception, followed by four days of literary events to suit all tastes and ages. See some brilliant speakers in four venues. The programme is now at And tickets can be bought from the Octagon Theatre Box Office.

YCAA Book Group

The YCAA would like to invite you to our Lunchtime Book Group.

Next meeting is Tuesday 20th October 2015 In the Café of The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Drop in with your lunch and books anytime between 12 noon and 2pm. This is a free event. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are available to buy from the Octagon Café.

YCAA Website


Recent Successes

Read about our most recent successes.

2015 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Paul Vlitos
SECOND PRIZE - Rowena Warwick
THIRD PRIZE - Jon R Flieger

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Chip Tolson
SECOND PRIZE - Gerald Knight
THIRD PRIZE - Simon Van der Velde

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Stephanie Conn
SECOND PRIZE - Peter Marshall

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Ken Pickard
SECOND PRIZE - Nest Thomas
THIRD PRIZE - Mike Silvester
THE WOW! PRIZE - Samm Kweku Richardson

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Yeovil Literary Prize

About Us

For twelve 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:

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. It is very clear that there is 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. 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 2015.

All profits from this competition are ploughed into the community to sponsor local talent in their study of the arts, 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 third Yeovil Literary Festival weekend will run from 29th October to Sunday 1st November 2015. The YCAA has forged a strong bond with The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA21 1UZ, where we host by-monthly events in the Johnson Studio. Full details of the YCAA activities are available on our website at where you can also access our link to the Octagon Theatre website.

There is an additional award given by the YCAA of 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

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.