The Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writing Prize – the popular award created by the Dorchester Literary Festival – is now open for entries in its third year.

Available to authors either based in the West Country, or with a strong connection to it, the prize offers a great opportunity for publicity and promotion, plus the chance to win £1,000.

 Last year’s winner, chosen from 72 entries, was Emma Timpany who is based in Cornwall and whose book, Travelling in the Dark was unanimously voted for by the final judges.

“The prize gave me confidence that it was worthwhile continuing with my second novel,” said Emma. ‘The first took me six years to write, and winning the prize means I’m now confident that my writing can be widely valued and enjoyed.’

 Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse since its inception, the competition is open to writers of fiction, history, biography, travel and other literary genres; except poetry and children’s books.

Entries must have been published – either by the author or a local publisher – within the three years preceding the closure date for this year, which has now been extended to 31 March 2020 from 15 March, the original closing date.

They will be judged by professional writers, publishers, booksellers and a leading literary agent, with the winner being announced in July.

 Anthony Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We enjoy getting to know our local authors at the annual awards, held at the Duchess of Cornwall Inn in Poundbury. It’s inspiring to hear first-hand about the positive impact that the prize has had on the writers and we’re delighted to play a part in supporting them take their literary ambitions to the next level.”

All details of the prize, including entry forms, are on the Dorchester Literary Festival’s website,  www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com

 All books must be in printed format and sent by post to: DLF Writing Prize 2020, 9 Kempston Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8XB

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