Yeovil Literary Prize

THE Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) has launched its 2021 international Literary Prize, an annual writing competition with cash prizes in four categories. All money raised supports talented, local youngsters training for careers in the performing and creative arts.

Now in its 18th year, the Yeovil Literary Prize has become a highly regarded writing competition, attracting submissions from across the globe.  Last year’s competition attracted record entries as writer made full use of the first Coronavirus lockdowns.

The continued popularity means that this year’s cash prizes are bigger than ever, and YCAA can keep supporting promising local youngsters with bursaries.

There are four categories; Novel, Short Stories, Poetry and Writing Without Restriction, a recent addition which has proved popular with writers who like the challenge of thinking outside the box. The 2021 panel has yet to be announced, but previous judges have included literary agents and publishers, as well as accomplished authors and poets.

Liz Pike, who chairs YCAA, says: “The increasing success of the Yeovil Literary Prize shows how a locally organised but international competition can mature and provide opportunities for writers everywhere. We’re delighted to be able to offer bigger prizes this year, but it’s important to remember that winning competitions like ours also brings greater recognition for writers. Agents and publishers regularly use competitions to find new and promising voices, so who knows where a win could lead!”

The closing date is 30th April 2021; winners will be announced in the autumn. For rules, entry requirements and past winners , visit www.yeovilprize.co.uk