The Yeovil Literary Prize

Literary Prize Results 2018

Congratulations to the winners in the four categories! Full details and report here: Yeovil Literary Prize 2018 Results.

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2018 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Clare Golding
SECOND PRIZE - Warwick Cairns
THIRD PRIZE - Warwick Blanchett
VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED
Nick Owen · Clare Hawkins · Beverley Stark · Nathalie Chong

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Michele Evenstar
SECOND PRIZE - Dennis Harkness
THIRD PRIZE - Christopher Holt

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Laurence O’Dwyer
SECOND PRIZE - Glen Wilson
THIRD PRIZE - Christopher M. James

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Bob Shepherd
SECOND PRIZE - Jilly O’Brien
THIRD PRIZE - Valerie French
VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED
Linda Burnett

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Yeovil Literary Prize

2019 Competition Open 1 Jan 2019 to 31 May 2019

Organised by the Yeovil Community Arts Association, this is your opportunity to enter four very different categories of writing. Aspiring writers throughout the world should enter this prestigious writing competition.


Category 1Novel
Requirement:Synopsis and Opening Chapters (combined maximum 15,000 words)
Professional Judge:Vaseem Khan, author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, starting with The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra set in Mumbai.
Prizes:1st £1000   2nd £250   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£12

Category 2Short Story
Requirement:Maximum 2,000 words
Professional Judge:Laura Williams, who is a literary agent with Greene and Heaton.
Prizes:1st £500   2nd £200   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£7

Category 3Poetry
Requirement:Maximum of 40 Lines
Professional Judge:Philip Gross, who has had published many collections of poetry.
Prizes:1st £500   2nd £200   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£7 one poem; £10 for two; £12 for three

Category 4Writing Without Restrictions
Requirement:You write it – we’ll read it. Details are at end of General Rules
Professional Judge:Chris Redmond, a poet, musician and artistic director of Tongue Fu.
Prizes:1st £200   2nd £100   3rd £50
Entry Fee:£5

Local PrizeWestern Gazette Best Local Writer Award
Requirement:for a short-listed entry by author living in Western Gazette distribution area.
Professional Judge:The Yeovil Community Arts Association committee
Prize:£100

The writing competition runs from 1st January and closes on 31st May each year.