Welcome to the twelfth Yeovil Literary Prize. It has been proven that a writing competition to inspire writers worldwide is a valuable way for experienced writers aspiring poets and new authors to gain valuable experience.
We are known for having a Novel category, an opportunity novelists rarely have, and our ever popular Short Story and Poetry categories, but this year we have something NEW!
We are introducing a new idea to enable all writers to have the opportunity to enter our competition, by offering a wide open competition experience with our ‘Writing Without Restrictions’ category. This is indeed wide open and is looking for anything you have written that is inventive, different or just plain fun. As long as it is legal, there are no rules, no limits. For an example it could be a letter; a recipe that can make your mouth water just with the delicious language; a science piece; an advert; a label; an essay; a biography or a Mini-Saga. In short, anything that you have written that has the WOW! factor. We hope you’ll enter the unusual, the creative, the inspired; anything you have written is OK to enter. Three prizes can be won. This first YCAA Writing Without Restrictions competition is set to become a classic prize.
An imaginative competition with a wealth of categories will always generate success stories from winners who have become published authors, as well as from people who say being Highly Commended or Commended in the Yeovil Literary Prize has prompted them to further their writing careers.
Each year we are pleased to hear more of your success stories as having work published is the ultimate aim of most writers. We have also met several of you now. TheYeovil Literary Prize has certainly put Yeovil on the literary map and the YCAA is proud to be a partner in the Yeovil Literary Festival. In 2014 at the YCAA Literary Dinner we not only had the wonderful Elizabeth Buchan, our novel judge last year as our speaker, but several of our past winners travelled to Yeovil to meet us and each other.
Yes, we know writing can be a lonely, solitary hobby but it’s good to meet other writers and talk about, yes, you’ve guessed… writing! What a pleasure for the volunteers who organise the Yeovil Literary Prize to meet you all.
Our aim is to encourage writers who have a germ of an idea to put it onto paper or computer; then simply enter the competition. There is that often used saying that if you are not in it then you cannot win it, so give it a try and see what happens. Your idea may be a winner so have the courage and faith in your work and please enter.
Yeovil Literary Prize. 2015
There are two ways to enter, by using the postal system, or online using PayPal; its ease of use has significantly increased the number of entries. We look forward to even more this year when our writing contest opens on 1st January 2015.
Short Story: £6
Poetry: £6 one poem; £9 for two; £11 for three
Writing Without Restrictions: £5
The judging team commissioned by the Yeovil Literary Prize consists of professional, experienced and successful writers who can readily spot writing talent. Our judges for 2015 are Victoria Holt, literary agent with AM Heath, for the novel category; the experienced writer Santa Montefiore for the short stories; and celebrated poet Esther Morgan who will judge the poetry category.
The third Yeovil Literary Festival will take place from 29th October – 1st November 2015. Make a note in your diary!
Enjoy this year's Prize and spread the word - writers are good at that!