The Yeovil Literary Prize

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2021 Results

Novel Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Kate Kemp
SECOND PRIZE - E.J. Pepper
THIRD PRIZE - Katherine Black

Short Story Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Caroline Sutherland
SECOND PRIZE - Kath Kilburn
THIRD PRIZE - Francis Thompson
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Tess Burnett

Poetry Category :
FIRST PRIZE - Jennifer Hunt
SECOND PRIZE - Marion Lovelace
THIRD PRIZE - Anthony Head

Writing Without Restrictions :
FIRST PRIZE - Sue Bevan
SECOND PRIZE - Dr Margaret Callaghan
THIRD PRIZE - Helen Morris

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Yeovil Literary Prize Rules

For full details of the rules, choose a category:

Novel Short Story Poetry Writing Without Restrictions

Yeovil Literary Prize 2021 – General Rules for All Entries - NOVEL

By entering the Yeovil Literary Prize competition 2021, you agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Entries must be the work of the entrant (who must be over 16), in English, (not translated into English) and must NOT have been previously self-published, broadcast, or accepted for publication.
  • Entries may have appeared online, but NOT in any commercial online form (e.g. in a journal or magazine, or as part of a publication requiring payment to access.)
  • Entries that have won or are currently shortlisted in other writing competitions DO qualify for entry.
  • Copyright remains with the entrant. The entrant’s name must only appear on the entry form and not on the entry itself. If an entry does include the author’s name, it will be disqualified.
  • Only ONE entry per Entry Form, BUT one payment may be made to cover multiple entries, including payment by PayPal, BACS/IBAN, or cheque for a UK Bank.
  • A reference number is automatically allocated once an entry is submitted. All correspondence after submission must quote your Entry Reference Number (eg. 21/EC0….C00…./Z…).
  • Word count for Novel entries is: In total - Synopsis and opening up to 15000 words. Synopsis is different to a blurb. Please add wordcount at end.
  • No corrections will be accepted, or refunds given.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. PORNOGRAPHY will be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2021. Longlisted entries will be shown on the website on 15th August. Shortlisted entries will be shown on 1st September.
  • Winners will be notified by letter or email and the results published on the competition website (www.yeovilprize.co.uk) on 14th September 2021.

Additional Rules for Postal Entries for Novel category

  • Entries must be typed using double line spacing with pages numbered and word count shown at end accompanied by the completed entry form and fee/cheque.
  • Entries cannot be returned; therefore, entrants should retain their own copy.
  • To receive an acknowledgement of an entry, entrants should include a SAE marked 'Acknowledgement'.

Additional Rules for Online Entries Entries for Novel category

  • Text should be double line spaced. N.B. The formatting changes after entry. This is to enable fairer judging on content alone.
  • If formatting is crucial to how your entry should be read, and you do not want the formatting changed, then we recommend you use the postal system. It will be judged on content alone.
  • Where payment of the entry fee is by post, online entries are held provisionally until payment has been received.

Yeovil Literary Prize 2021 – General Rules for All Entries - SHORT STORY

By entering the Yeovil Literary Prize competition 2021, you agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Entries must be the work of the entrant (who must be over 16), in English, (not translated into English) and must NOT have been previously self-published, broadcast, or accepted for publication.
  • Entries may have appeared online, but NOT in any commercial online form (e.g. in a journal or magazine, or as part of a publication requiring payment to access.)
  • Entries that have won or are currently shortlisted in other writing competitions DO qualify for entry.
  • Copyright remains with the entrant. The entrant’s name must only appear on the entry form and not on the entry itself. If an entry does include the author’s name, it will be disqualified.
  • Only ONE entry per Entry Form, BUT one payment may be made to cover multiple entries, including payment by PayPal, BACS/IBAN, or cheque for a UK Bank.
  • A reference number is automatically allocated once an entry is submitted. All correspondence after submission must quote your Entry Reference Number (eg. 21/EC0….C00…./Z…).
  • Word count for Short Story entries is: Up to 2000 words. Please add wordcount at end.
  • No corrections will be accepted, or refunds given.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. PORNOGRAPHY will be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2021. Longlisted entries will be shown on the website on 15th August. Shortlisted entries will be shown on 1st September.
  • Winners will be notified by letter or email and the results published on the competition website (www.yeovilprize.co.uk) on 14th September 2021.

Additional Rules for Postal Entries for Short Story category

  • Entries must be typed using double line spacing with pages numbered and word count shown at end accompanied by the completed entry form and fee/cheque.
  • Entries cannot be returned; therefore, entrants should retain their own copy.
  • To receive an acknowledgement of an entry, entrants should include a SAE marked 'Acknowledgement'.

Additional Rules for Online Entries Entries for Short Story category

  • Text should be double line spaced. N.B. The formatting changes after entry. This is to enable fairer judging on content alone.
  • If formatting is crucial to how your entry should be read, and you do not want the formatting changed, then we recommend you use the postal system. It will be judged on content alone.
  • Where payment of the entry fee is by post, online entries are held provisionally until payment has been received.

Yeovil Literary Prize 2021 – General Rules for All Entries - POETRY

By entering the Yeovil Literary Prize competition 2021, you agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Entries must be the work of the entrant (who must be over 16), in English, (not translated into English) and must NOT have been previously self-published, broadcast, or accepted for publication.
  • Entries may have appeared online, but NOT in any commercial online form (e.g. in a journal or magazine, or as part of a publication requiring payment to access.)
  • Entries that have won or are currently shortlisted in other writing competitions DO qualify for entry.
  • Copyright remains with the entrant. The entrant’s name must only appear on the entry form and not on the entry itself. If an entry does include the author’s name, it will be disqualified.
  • Only ONE entry per Entry Form, BUT one payment may be made to cover multiple entries, including payment by PayPal, BACS/IBAN, or cheque for a UK Bank.
  • A reference number is automatically allocated once an entry is submitted. All correspondence after submission must quote your Entry Reference Number (eg. 21/EC0….C00…./Z…).
  • Word count for Poetry entries is: Maximum of 40 lines.
  • No corrections will be accepted, or refunds given.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. PORNOGRAPHY will be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2021. Longlisted entries will be shown on the website on 15th August. Shortlisted entries will be shown on 1st September.
  • Winners will be notified by letter or email and the results published on the competition website (www.yeovilprize.co.uk) on 14th September 2021.

Additional Rules for Postal Entries for Poetry category

  • Entries must be typed using single line spacing accompanied by the completed entry form and fee/cheque.
  • Entries cannot be returned; therefore, entrants should retain their own copy.
  • To receive an acknowledgement of an entry, entrants should include a SAE marked 'Acknowledgement'.

Additional Rules for Online Entries Entries for Poetry category

  • Text should be single line spaced. N.B. The formatting changes after entry. This is to enable fairer judging on content alone.
  • If formatting is crucial to how your entry should be read, and you do not want the formatting changed, then we recommend you use the postal system. It will be judged on content alone.
  • Where payment of the entry fee is by post, online entries are held provisionally until payment has been received.

Yeovil Literary Prize 2021 – General Rules for All Entries – WRITING WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS

By entering the Yeovil Literary Prize competition 2021, you agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Entries must be the work of the entrant (who must be over 16), in English, (not translated into English) and must NOT have been previously self-published, broadcast, or accepted for publication.
  • Entries may have appeared online, but NOT in any commercial online form (e.g. in a journal or magazine, or as part of a publication requiring payment to access.)
  • Entries that have won or are currently shortlisted in other writing competitions DO qualify for entry.
  • Copyright remains with the entrant. The entrant’s name must only appear on the entry form and not on the entry itself. If an entry does include the author’s name, it will be disqualified.
  • Only ONE entry per Entry Form, BUT one payment may be made to cover multiple entries, including payment by PayPal, BACS/IBAN, or cheque for a UK Bank.
  • A reference number is automatically allocated once an entry is submitted. All correspondence after submission must quote your Entry Reference Number (eg. 21/EC0….C00…./Z…).
  • You can enter anything you are proud to have written that is inventive, different or fun. This category is for work that does not fall into the normal competition categories. We will read it.
  • No corrections will be accepted, or refunds given.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. PORNOGRAPHY will be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is the 31st May 2021. Longlisted entries will be shown on the website on 15th August. Shortlisted entries will be shown on 1st September.
  • Winners will be notified by letter or email and the results published on the competition website (www.yeovilprize.co.uk) on 14th September 2021.

Additional Rules for Postal Entries for Writing Without Restrictions category

  • Entries must be typed using double line spacing (unless a long poem or Haiku then please use single line spacing) accompanied by the completed entry form and fee.
  • Entries cannot be returned; therefore, entrants should retain their own copy.
  • To receive an acknowledgement of an entry, entrants should include a SAE marked 'Acknowledgement'.

Additional Rules for Online Entries Entries for Writing Without Restrictions category

  • Text should be double line spaced (unless a long poem or Haiku then please use single line spacing). N.B. The formatting changes after entry. This is to enable fairer judging on content alone.
  • If formatting is crucial to how your entry should be read, and you do not want the formatting changed, then we recommend you use the postal system. It will be judged on content alone.
  • Where payment of the entry fee is by post, online entries are held provisionally until payment has been received.
  • The Writing Without Restrictions category is wide open; we are looking for anything you have written that is inventive, different, or just plain fun. As long as it is legal, there are no restrictions.