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 third annual DLF Local Writing Prize, to encourage and support local writers.

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 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

Download Submission Form

Submissions in hard copy format  should be sent to:

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

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Feedback

William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!

Penrose Halson
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Going from strength to strength, well done!

Polly Greenway, Domvs
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I had a wonderful time in Dorchester. Very best wishes, Tom.

Thomas Williams
Feedback From 2017 Festival

We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.

Edwina Toone
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Thanks again for organising a lovely event.

Dave Goulson
Feedback From 2017 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

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