The Yeovil Literary Prize

2019 Literary Prize Results

Congratulations to the winners in the four categories! Full details and report here: Yeovil Literary Prize 2019 Results.

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2019 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - David Laws
SECOND PRIZE - Rue Baldry
THIRD PRIZE - Chloe Turner
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Monica Balt · David Hough

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Christine Goodwin
SECOND PRIZE - Mildred Davidson
THIRD PRIZE - Clare Reddaway
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Valerie Hoare · Joan Wilson

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Caroline Gilfillan
SECOND PRIZE - Ann Leahy
THIRD PRIZE - Aripi Menken
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Caroline Gilfillan · Stephen Boyce · Bob Newman · Susan Spiers

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Lucy Bignall
SECOND PRIZE - Vanessa Lampert
THIRD PRIZE - Wendy Breckon
HIGHLY COMMENDED
David McVey · Maureen Osborne · Barbara Hawkins · Felicity Tessaro

welcome to the

Yeovil Literary Prize

2020 Competition Open 1 Jan 2020 to 31 May 2020

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:Paul Blezard, who is regarded as one of the most influential people in the world of literature and broadcasting.
Prizes:1st £1000   2nd £250   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£12

Category 2Short Story
Requirement:Maximum 2,000 words
Professional Judge:Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, a division of Penguin Random House, and a Trustee of the Appledore Book Festival.
Prizes:1st £500   2nd £200   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£7

Category 3Poetry
Requirement:Maximum of 40 Lines
Professional Judge:Caroline Gilfillan, winner of the 2019 Poetry category and renowned creative writer.
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:Jessica Axe, from Yeovil, who is Publisher at White Lion Publishing, part of The Quarto Group.
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.