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2019 Literary Prize Results

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

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

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Yeovil Literary Prize

About Us

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



The Yeovil Literary Prize, started in 2002, has gained recognition as an established fixture in the international literary calendar. It fulfils its aims. The response to the Prize is magnificent, with quality writing being submitted 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’. We welcome short stories of every genre, and poetry. If you are proud of something you have written then enter it and see what happens next.


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.


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 the contest opens on 1st January 2019.


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.


Locally, we sponsor children’s writing workshops and short story competitions; nurturing young writers has shown us the written word is thriving and has a rosy future.


We are a partner in the annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The seventh Yeovil Literary Festival will commence on 31st October until 4th November. The YCAA has forged a strong bond with The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA21 1UX, where we host events in the Johnson Studio. Full details of the YCAA activities are available on our website www.yeovilarts.co.uk where you can also access our link to the Octagon Theatre website.


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