The DLF Local Writing Prize

Thanks to the support of Hall & Woodhouse the Dorchester Literary Festival is thrilled to announce that it will hold it's second annual DLF Local Writing Prize, to encourage and support local writers.

Over the past four 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 28th March 2019, 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 2019 announcing the winner, who will receive a prize of £1,000.

Submission Form

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Submissions in hard copy format  should be sent to:

DLF Local Writing Prize,
9 Kempston Road, Weymouth, DT4  8XB

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Thanks very much... It was fun and the audience very responsive.

Adam Nicolson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

My wife and I really enjoyed our first visit to DLF to hear Henry Bloefeld. Having looked through the programme further we wished we should have chosen more, but at least we shall try to get the books via the Library. Looking forward to seeing next year’s programme.

Heather and Bryan Edwards
Feedback From 2017 Festival

It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map

Audience Feedback
Feedback From 2015 Festival

I attended 4 events, next year I will want to attend even more talks. 
A friend came to stay with us and she was equally impressed by the talks she attended.

Gill Borg
Feedback From 2017 Festival

Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...

Tracy Chevalier
Feedback From 2015 Festival

 I very much enjoyed the whole occasion, and want to thank you for all your hospitality.

Jamie McKendrick
Feedback From 2017 Festival