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!

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Recent Successes

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2017 Literary Prize Results

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

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

About Us

This is the fourteenth year the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) (registered charity No: 299372), has provided an opportunity for writers from around the world to enter our writing competition. The aims of the Yeovil Literary Prize are threefold:



The Yeovil Literary Prize is now fully recognised and fulfils its aims. The international response to the Prize is magnificent, with quality writing being judged from all corners of the globe. Many talented writers thrive on the opportunity to develop their craft by competition with other writers. We are proud to offer an award to novelists, not usually well-represented among literary prizes, as well as for writers of work that does not fit the usual writing categories with our ‘Writing Without Restriction’. If you are proud of something you have written then enter it and see what happens next.


Several past winners and Highly Commended authors have now been published. See our Successes tab. This competition is watched keenly by agents and publishers for thriving talent.


There are two ways to enter, by using the postal system or online using PayPal; its ease of use has been proven by new entrants. We look forward to receiving and reading your work when our writing contest opens on 1st January 2017.


All profits from this competition are used within the community to sponsor local talented youngsters who are studying the arts, to support various art projects, and to host cultural events. We reach out to all the arts and also host an annual YCAA Man Booker Debate in partnership with the Yeovil Waterstones store.


We are a partner in the annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The fifth Yeovil Literary Festival will run during October commencing with the YCAA literary dinner on 26th followed by events until 29th October 2017.


The YCAA has forged a strong bond with The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA21 1UZ, where we host events in the Johnson Studio. Full details of the YCAA activities are available on our website at www.yeovilarts.co.uk where you can also access our link to the Octagon Theatre website.


The YCAA offers an additional award of £100 for the Western Gazette Best Local Writer, giving an added incentive for local writers who live within the distribution area of the Western Gazette to enter.


The Yeovil Literary Prize is managed by a dedicated team of volunteers and all details of how to enter can be found on www.yeovilprize.co.uk.


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


Send postal entries to:


YCAA, The Octagon Theatre, YEOVIL, BA20 1UX