The DLF Local Writing Prize
Thanks to the support of Hall & Woodhouse the Dorchester Literary Festival is thrilled to announce that it will hold its third annual DLF Local Writing Prize, to encourage and support local writers. In the light of Government guidelines and the Coronavirus pandemic we have decided to postpone the award ceremony until September.
Over the past five years, the Dorchester Literary Festival has celebrated the town’s rich literary past by showcasing some of the most exciting writing of the present. Now, we’re looking to the future.
The DLF Local Writing Prize aims to continue Dorset’s literary tradition by investing in its homegrown talent. This is a fantastic opportunity for writers whose work has been published on a local level to gain national exposure, and notice from literary establishment figures.
We are looking for book length submissions of works of fiction, non-fiction, or short stories that have been published by a Local Independent Publisher or self-published, from any writer based in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall or with a close connection to those counties.
Entries should be submitted by the 30th March 2020, written for adults, not children, and have been published and sold as printed copies, not just in a digital format, within three years prior to submission.
A judging panel, including professional writers and a leading literary agent, will then compile the shortlist. We will then hold an event involving the shortlisted authors hosted by a leading writer. In view of Coronavirus and Government guidelines this will no longer take place in July, as previously advertised. We hope instead to hold it in September, when the winner will receive a prize of £1,000.
Submissions in hard copy format should be sent to:
DLF Local Writing Prize,
9 Kempston Road, Weymouth, DT4 8XB
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