The DLF Local Writing Prize

The Dorchester Literary Festival is thrilled to launch its first annual DLF Local Writing Prize, to encourage and support local writers.

Over the past three 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 have written on a subject matter that is directly relevant and closely related to those counties.

Entries should be submitted by the 28th February 2018, 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 to be announced at the end of May. We will then hold an event involving the shortlisted authors hosted by a leading writer in July 2018 announcing the winner, who will receive a prize of £1,000.

Submission Form

Download Submission Form

Submissions in hard copy format  should be sent to:

DLF Local Writing Prize,
Winfrith House,
High Street,
Winfrith Newburgh,
Dorchester,
Dorset
DT2 8JW

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