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 February 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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Feedback

We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester. 

Christina Hicks
Feedback From 2016 Festival

All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.

Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.

Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
Feedback From 2016 Festival

It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map

Audience Feedback
Feedback From 2015 Festival

It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.

Christine Savill
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.

James Macdonald Lockhart
Feedback From 2016 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