The Yeovil Literary Prize

Young Children's Story Competition Results

Congratulations to all the pupils whose stories were shortlisted. The winner is Madeleine from Preston Primary School with the two runners up being Gracie from Milford Junior School and Matthew from Preston Primary School. Their three excellent stories will be on display in the Yeovil Library window for two weeks from March 13th!

2017 Literary Prize

The 14th Yeovil International Literary Prize now open for entries until 31st May 2017

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Recent Successes

Read about our most recent successes.

2016 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Christopher Holt
SECOND PRIZE - Sara Green
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
VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED - Nicholas Morrish

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Yeovil Prize Successes

Anjana Chowdhury

I wanted to tell you that after my novel Under the Pipal Tree was shortlisted in the Yeovil Competition 2014, it was chosen as Cinnamon Press's Debut Novel of the Year 2015 and has now been published. It is available on Amazon as Kindle and paperback and also on the Cinnamon Press website. Set against a colourful backdrop of India, it is a tale of secrets and prejudices where three women learn to redefine their relationships with each other and the world.

Being shortlisted on Yeovil [Literary Prize] was the validation I needed to seek publication.

Thank you,

Sara Green

Sara came second in 2016 with her novel A Life In Boxes. She told us…
"I thought you might like to know that I have just signed a contract with The Blair Partnership agency as a direct result of coming second in the Yeovil Prize.
I am absolutely thrilled and wanted to thank you for this huge boost to my writing career.

I was contacted by both TBP and the Annette Green Agency following the announcement of the results and both offered me representation.

I hope to be able to add a publishing deal to it in the near future! I’ve decided to go by Cate Green for the book as no-one pronounces Sara properly."

Christine Whittemore

My poem "Pollen" was Highly Commended in 2014.
You may be interested to know that my novel Inscription has been published.
It's a semi-historical set in modern times and in the first century AD.
Readers say they can tell it is written by a poet and in fact I've been invited to participate in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival (a separate event from the October Literary festival) for the third year running, this time as a novelist in conversation with a poet, Sarah Hesketh. I think we'll talk about how the two ways of writing differ and how they are alike, which will be interesting.
I'm glad to see the Prize continues, and it's now the 13th year!
For details of my novel Inscription please see my website christine-whittemore.net.

David Young

After David Young's novel Stasi Child won third prize in the 2014 novel award at Yeovil, he signed a three-book deal for a series of crime thrillers with Twenty7 Books, a new imprint of Bonnier Publishing Fiction for debut authors. Stasi Child is the first in the series (Oct 2015 e-book, Feb 2016 paperback). It features a female People's Police detective, Karin Müller, searching for the truth in the dystopian world of 1970s East Germany, under the ever-watchful eyes of the feared Stasi secret service. The novel also won the 2014 City University/PFD Crime Fiction Prize. French rights, television rights and audio book rights have already been sold.

Jackie McLean

Success has come to Jackie since her novel Toxic was Shortlisted in the 2011 Yeovil Literary Prize. These are the details of publication of her book.
Title: Toxic
Author: Jackie McLean
ISBN: 978-0-9575689-8-3 (Kindle). ISBN: 978-0-9575689-9-0 (Paperback)
Publication: November 2014
Price (Kindle): £4.99 / $6.99. Price (Paperback): £9.99 / $15.99
Genre: Crime Fiction

Jackie McLean, a former government economist and political lobbyist from Arbroath, has more recently run her own business in Glasgow.
Not only was Toxic short listed for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2011, but also Jackie has been long listed for the Dundee International Book Prize.
She is now working on a PhD, at Strathclyde University, in fisheries science.

Sue Yockney

Yeovil based author Sue Yockney started writing when, as a member of an amateur dramatic group unable to find suitable material to perform, she decided to create something herself and ended up writing and directing three murder mystery plays that were well received by local audiences. Since then, she has concentrated on short stories and enjoys writing in a variety of genres. In early 2012, Sue left her job as a School Library Advisor to concentrate on her writing career. By August 2013, after what she describes as one of the busiest periods of her life, she had written her debut novel, a two-part dystopian romance/thriller, Happy Deathday and its sequel, Resurrection. The duology is based on a short story, Happy Deathday that was Highly Commended in the 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize and is set in an underground breeding colony after the Earth’s ozone layer has been destroyed by a gamma ray explosion. Both titles are available from Amazon, in Kindle and paperback formats.

Find Sue on Facebook and Twitter.

Craig Hawes

Craig Hawes grew up in Briton Ferry, South Wales. He has worked as a journalist in London and Dubai, where he currently lives. He was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2009, Runner-up in the Rhys Davies Prize 2010, and placed third in the Yeovil Short Story Prize, 2010. Craig's short stories have appeared in several publications and prize-winning anthologies, and he has also had stories and an afternoon play broadcast on BBC Radio 4. As a journalist Craig has had work published by the London Evening Standard, Sunday Times Style, Big Issue, Time Out Dubai and many others.

Craig on why he has written the collection: "When I looked in Dubai bookshops for fiction set in the UAE, written from an expat perspective, I couldn't find anything at all. That was in 2003. Ten years on, it's pretty much the same. But while I felt there was a gap in the market, I know Dubai would have seeped into my writing at some point anyway. It's been a big part of my life for the past decade."

'The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim' was published October, 2013… In the Arabian Gulf emirate of Dubai, the lives of locals and expatriates intertwine and collide as they strive to negotiate the shifting mores of an ever-changing city.

Joyce Mackenzie

I have entered competitions for several years now with Yeovil, both short story and book chapters. I was lucky enough to obtain a 'commended' for the first three chapters of my book A Bride for Sunil in 2006. I have persevered with my writing having been encouraged by this commendation and now have had a novel published in eBook and Paperback by Thistle Publishing. At 83 I am delighted. The book is easily available through AMAZON, entitled The Gold Mohur Tree and is partly set in India after Independence.

"2014 - Don't know how long I will keep on writing. Getting on a bit now. I will be 85 this year!! I'd like to tell you that my second novel has just been published. It is named A Bride for Sunil. This is the novel I was awarded a commended for in 2006. I re-wrote it and Thistle Publications have now published it. Perhaps you would like to post it as a success on your site. It is available through Amazon as a paperback and an e-book."

Rebecca Alexander

You were kind enough to publish a bio of me after last year's novel writing competition (I came 2nd!) and you might like to know what happened next! I was offered a three book deal, including A Baby's Bones, by a new imprint of Ebury, Del Rey UK, the first book to come out this autumn. I've just seen the first version of the front cover, and I've got my signing bonus, so it's starting to sink in! Sophie's kind words were so helpful, they gave me confidence to work on the book further, and it was instrumental on my being offered a 3 book deal rather than just one for the book that made me a Yeovil Literary Prize runner up. My editor really liked it, and it's certainly helped me dive into writing the sequel with a lot more assurance. I frequently mention writing competitions on my blog, and I shall be encouraging fellow writers to enter this year.

Thank you again!

Janet Edwards

In 2008, I was very new to writing, and was thrilled when my short story, Checkmate, came second in your short story competition. In 2009, Killing Kevin was highly commended. I'm contacting you now because I wanted to thank you for the encouragement this gave me to keep writing, and also to give you a news update on my progress.

A lot of exciting things have happened in the last two years, and I'm delighted to say that my debut novel, Earth Girl, will be published in English by HarperCollins Voyager UK in August 2012, and in German by Rowohlt in September 2012.

Thank you again to all the hard working people who help run the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Janet Edwards
www.janetedwards.com

David Tipping

David's book 'Like Father Like Son' has now been published. Last October saw it appear on the shelves of Winstone's bookshop on Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset.

Hazel Osmond

Hazel was the winner of the 2009 Short Story category with her superb short story Bonne Maman.

Hazel is now writing full time and has a four book contract with Quercus for romantic comedies with a bit of bite. Her first novel 'Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe' was shortlisted for romantic comedy of the year in 2012, by the Romantic Novelists Association.

Her second book 'The First Time I Saw Your Face' came out as an ebook on June 21st and as a paperback on August 16th 2012.

Hazel is still writing short stories.

Jackie Gingell

"In the novel category for 2007 my entry 'Ee Eye Addyeo (The Farmer Wants a Wife)' was awarded a Highly Commended. This gave me the encouragement (and impetus) to finally do something with it. In all the submissions I made I mentioned the Yeovil Literary Prize and I feel that this was instrumental in my book finally becoming published. You can find out more/contact me via my website www.jackiegingell.co.uk"

Sophie Duffy

Since winning the novel prize in 2006, The Generation Game has been published (2011) and also my second novel This Holey Life (2012), both by Legend Press. I am now represented by Broo Doherty of Wade and Doherty and am working on my next novel. I love being a writer and the Yeovil Prize was a huge step forward on my writing journey. Do enter the competition, as you never know...

www.sophieduffy.com
www.sophieduffy.wordpress.com
@sophiestenduffy
www.legendpress.co.uk

Terri Armstrong

Originally Australian (from a small rural community) I came to the UK over twenty years ago and survived by washing dishes, typing and doing factory night shifts. Eventually I took a Diploma in Women's Studies at the University of North London, before completing a BA in Politics and Sociology (First Class) at the University of East Anglia. I began to write regularly after this, and gained a Diploma in Creative Writing from the UEA. I've found the scope to develop characters and ideas that writing a novel offers both exciting and challenging. Also a challenge is finding sustained amounts of time to write.

Standing Water is my first novel and has been published by Pewter Rose Press.

When Dom Connor returns to the Western Australian Wheatbelt for his mother's funeral after eight years away, he is shocked to find a region on the verge of collapse, devastated by drought and salinity. The family farm his brother Neal has run since he was seventeen is close to ruin.
For Neal's wife, Hester, the farm is a sanctuary, a haven from her troubled past; leaving is unthinkable, even as Neal's behaviour becomes frighteningly unpredictable. Dom, drawn to Hester, wants to help. But when Andy turns up - a link with the past for both Hester and Dom - his arrival threatens to explode an already highly-charged situation.
Long-held secrets are exposed and emotions drawn to the surface; change is inevitable.
Not everyone can survive it.

'A completely engaging and particularly vivid story about friends and family, love and death, set, mostly, in the brutally harsh outback… A powerful tale, loaded with pertinent, and increasingly poignant issues of betrayal and redemption, loss and new beginnings… Exceptional.'
Henry Sutton

Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly's children's novel, Red Rock, was Highly Commended in the 2010 Yeovil Prize. It went on to gain representation for Kate with Julia Churchill of the Greenhouse Literary Agency and will be published by Curious Fox in 2013.

Red Rock.

The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone, and only scavvers now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn't the first time... Living with her uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Danni s world is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a strange, small rock. Danni must not tell a soul that she has it. But what is the rock for, and to what lengths must Danni go to keep it safe? This action-packed adventure takes the reader from the barren terrain of Greenland, to the flooded ruins of Cambridge, and on to a sinister monastery in Malta. In her effort to save her uncle and evade a power-hungry space agency, Danni discovers that friends aren't always what they seem, and a rock isn't always just a rock...

Kate can be contacted through her blog: http://scribblingseaserpent.blogspot.co.uk/

B A Morton

I'm a Geordie girl living in a small village in North Northumberland, where I work part time in the village GP surgery. I've written all my life but only sat down to write a novel when our family escaped the rat race, moving from Newcastle to Upper Coquetdale. I write primarily crime fiction and historical fiction/fantasy and tend to write in the wee small hours when there are fewer distractions. Living in such a rural location, I rely primarily on contact with other writers through an online community. A good friend within that community persuaded me to enter the Yeovil Prize.

Discovering that my novel had achieved second place in the 2011 Prize, gave me the assurance and confidence to believe in my own work. I'm sure it also influenced my publisher's decision. After learning I'd been short listed, I submitted Mrs Jones, my first novel, to Taylor Street Publishing. On the day I received news of my success in the competition I also learned I'd been accepted for publication.

The Prize has also opened other doors, with interviews, guest blog spots and acceptance into the CWA (crime writer's association). I was privileged to be invited along to Brympton for the first Brympton Literary festival. This allowed me the opportunity to experience public speaking and to share my work with others by reading excerpts; a wonderful experience, with some equally wonderful people. I now have a network of fellow crime and historical fiction writers and we are able to offer advice and support to each other re publishing, promotion and marketing.

So, the future...post Yeovil Prize -

December 2011, my debut novel was finally published! Mrs Jones is a fast paced crime thriller set in New York, which follows British girl, Lizzie, as she evades the unwelcome attentions of the mob, aided by Tommy Connell a New York detective. It's been described as an action movie in print and has gone on to enjoy surprising success, spending three months in the Amazon UK top 100 best selling kindle chart and achieving a best rank of 20. It's available from Amazon in e-book and paperback -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Jones-ebook/dp/B006OEVRBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352645633&sr=1-1

October 2012 saw the release of my second novel Wildewood-Revenge, the first in The Wildewood Chronicles, a medieval, time-travel trilogy. It's set in my own little corner of Northumberland and based very loosely on facts unearthed when researching the history of our cottage, which is built on the site of a medieval chapel. A tale of unchivalrous knights, secrets and skulduggery! Available from Amazon in e-book and paperback -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wildewood-Revenge-ebook/dp/B009L88JGY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352646010&sr=1-1

Christmas 2012 will see the release of the Molly Brown, the sequel to Mrs Jones. The search for a missing child leads Tommy Connell into direct conflict with corrupt police officials and a notorious serial killer. The child's strange obsession with The Wizard of Oz, adds a further twist to a tangled tale.

I have a busy 2013 planned, firstly with Bedlam, a psychological thriller with a distinctly gothic feel, which achieved success in a short story competition and has subsequently been commissioned as a full length novel. This is an exciting project which I look forward to with relish. Book two of The Wildewood Chronicles - Redemption is also on the cards ... at the insistence of all those who've read book one!

If you'd like to find out more about my books check out -

My website - http://bamorton.weebly.com/

The Wildewood Chronicles amazing book trailer -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gobtJ6u3Its&feature=youtu.be

Or contact me via The Wildewood Chronicles Face Book page. “Like” the page or leave a comment and I'll get back to you -

https://www.facebook.com/TheWildewoodChronicles

If I could give any advice to budding authors or competition entrants it would be - Write what you like to read, rather than following perceived trends. Listen to all advice but only make changes that you are happy with. Don't be disheartened by rejection, believe in yourself and the story inside of you.