The Yeovil Literary Prize

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2018 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Clare Golding
SECOND PRIZE - Warwick Cairns
THIRD PRIZE - Warwick Blanchett
Nick Owen · Clare Hawkins · Beverley Stark · Nathalie Chong

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Michele Evenstar
SECOND PRIZE - Dennis Harkness
THIRD PRIZE - Christopher Holt

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Laurence O’Dwyer
SECOND PRIZE - Glen Wilson
THIRD PRIZE - Christopher M. James

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Bob Shepherd
SECOND PRIZE - Jilly O’Brien
THIRD PRIZE - Valerie French
Linda Burnett

welcome to the

Competition Introduction

The Yeovil Literary Prize started in 2002 and is going from strength to strength. It is now an established fixture in the international literary calendar.

Writers from all corners of the world feel confident in entering this prestigious competition, knowing their work will be respected and judged purely on merit, as it is done anonymously. This is an opportunity to impress our judges with original writing as you can submit work in one or more of the four categories. We are thrilled when, at the end of the competition, we see writers have succeeded with more than one style of writing.

We know agents and publishers read our website and follow our competition, giving recognition and success to writers. There is a step on the pathway to possible success for winners. We met several of you at the Past Winners’ event at the Yeovil Literary Festival – that gave us infinite pleasure. Friendships were forged, and several past winners held their published books in their hands; some read extracts. I am sure we will see more books and winners in the future.

Novels are the result of hours, sometimes years, of living with characters, plots, themes, time and places. We welcome all genres. Our novel judge is Annie Barrows, known for her Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society (soon to be a feature film) also writes for children and young adults. She is a talented writer from the USA, with a warm personality, a love of books and reading, Annie will be our perfect judge

The Short Story needs a different skill; the reader must be transported for a time by fascinating themes and characters to a satisfying denouement. Our judge is the outstanding novelist Victoria Hislop. We have had the pleasure of meeting Victoria several times in Yeovil. When we read her collection of short stories we knew she could write and recognise the perfect short story. We are delighted to have her as one of our judges.

Poetry can paint an exquisite picture, capture an instant in time, or tug at emotions; a poet using words succinctly can do this. We are thrilled to have the award-winning Irish poet Katie Donovan as our judge. She has published five books of poetry, all with Bloodaxe Books, UK. She is the 2017 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry.

Our inspiring category for Writing Without Restriction is designed to open the gates on creativity; to unleash your imaginations. Writing that does not fit into the usual competition categories can be entered. Make the judges think, laugh, cry; scratch our curiosity. We hope to read something distinctive, unusual or positively quirky. You write it and we’ll be thrilled to read it. Our judge is Michael Jecks, a novelist and a wonderful writer covering a wide range of styles. Michael is the master of writing medieval mysteries.

There are two ways to enter, by using the postal system, or online using PayPal. We look forward to your entries when our writing contest opens on 1st January 2018.

Entry Fees

Novel: £12
Short Story: £7
Poetry: £7 one poem; £10 for two; £12 for three
Writing Without Restrictions: £5


The sixth Yeovil Literary Festival will take place from 24th – 29th October 2018. Make a note in your diary!

the Judging Team