The Yeovil Literary Prize

2020 Literary Prize Results

Congratulations to the winners in the four categories! Full details and report here: Yeovil Literary Prize 2020 Results.

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Recent Successes

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2021 YCAA Book Group

The May 2021 YCAA book group reads are 'Warlight' by Michael Ondaatje and 'The Midnight Library' by Matt Haig.

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Yeovil Literary Prize

2021 Competition Now Open 1 Jan 2021 to 31 May 2021

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:Hellie Ogden, of Janklow & Nesbit, literary agents
Prizes:1st £1250   2nd £300   3rd £125
Entry Fee:£14.50

Category 2Short Story
Requirement:Maximum 2,000 words
Professional Judge:Ayisha Malik, award-winning author of children’s and adult’s novels
Prizes:1st £600   2nd £250   3rd £125
Entry Fee:£8

Category 3Poetry
Requirement:Maximum of 40 Lines
Professional Judge:Sean Borodale, creative writer and award-winning poet
Prizes:1st £600   2nd £250   3rd £125
Entry Fee:£5

Category 4Writing Without Restrictions
Requirement:You write it – we’ll read it. Details are in your category Rules
Professional Judge:Steve Voake, Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Arvon courses
Prizes:1st £250   2nd £125   3rd £75
Entry Fee:£6

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.