The Yeovil Literary Prize

Young Children's Story Competition Results 2018

Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.

Literary Prize Results 2017

Congratulations to the winners in the four categories! Full details and report here: Yeovil Literary Prize 2017 Results.

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2017 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Beena Kamlani
SECOND PRIZE - Gabriel Griffin
THIRD PRIZE - Kelly Van Nelson
VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED - Jackie Bateman

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Gillian Brown
SECOND PRIZE - Jez Hodesdon
THIRD PRIZE - Lindsay Fisher

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Django Wylie
SECOND PRIZE - Alice Herve
THIRD PRIZE - Elizabeth Tate

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Marion Molteno
SECOND PRIZE - Lisa Clark
THIRD PRIZE - Peter Burgham

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Yeovil Literary Prize

2018 Competition Open 1 Jan 2018 to 31 May 2018

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:Annie Barrows is an American author of books for both children and adults. A highly respected novelist.
Prizes:1st £1000   2nd £250   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£12

Category 2Short Story
Requirement:Maximum 2,000 words
Professional Judge:Victoria Hislop is a writer who lives in England and Greece. She is respected for her novels and short stories, attracting a huge readership.
Prizes:1st £500   2nd £200   3rd £100
Entry Fee:£7

Category 3Poetry
Requirement:Maximum of 40 Lines
Professional Judge:Katie Donovan, renowned Irish poet. Winner of many awards.
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:Michael Jecks, prolific author, and especially medieval mysteries.
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.