The Yeovil Literary Prize

YCAA Literary Dinner

Join us on Thu 20 October 2016 7.00pm for the grand opening of the Yeovil Literary Festival 2016 with the YCAA Literary Dinner with Jason Goodwin.

Tickets are now on sale at £25 each from The Octagon Theatre box office 01935 422884. See you there !

2016 Literary Prize Results

Congratulations to the winners in the four categories! Full details and report here: Yeovil Literary Prize 2016 Results.

Our Anthology - Available!

The Yeovil Literary Prize Anthology 2012 and 2013 is still available to order from Amazon - Click on this link to buy.

200 pages of the very best winners, highly commended and commended short stories and poems from two years combined in one volume for only £7.99, $11.99 or €9.99 (depending on where you are!)

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Recent Successes

Read about our most recent successes.

2016 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Christopher Holt
THIRD PRIZE - Sylvia Petter

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Kate Kelly
SECOND PRIZE - Deborah Riccio
THIRD PRIZE - Beryl P. Brown

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Sheila Aldous
SECOND PRIZE - Christopher North
THIRD PRIZE - Frances Corkey Thompson

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Bronwen Rees
SECOND PRIZE - Mike Silvester
THIRD PRIZE - Morag Lewis

welcome to the

Yeovil Literary Prize

About Us

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:

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 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

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.