Welcome to the Bridport Prize

This year's competition closes 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2018.


We’re an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.

 

The 2018 judges are Monica Ali, Daljit Nagra, Kamila Shamsie.

 

As well as cash prizes, all winners are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names. 

Past judges include Ali Smith, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, U A Fanthorpe, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and Tracy Chevalier.

For your chance to win get your entries to us by 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2018.

 

There are
left to enter

A category for everyone

Poetry Prize

poetry Competiton

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language”. W.H. Auden

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Short Story Prize

short story writing competition

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” Neil Gaiman

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The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” Doris Lessing

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Flash Fiction Prize

Flash Fiction Prize

“Brevity is the sister of talent.” Anton Chekhov

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I was thrilled to hear that my story had been Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize and would be printed in the 2017 Anthology. That unexpected validation restored my excitement for my existing stories and has spurred my creativity in writing new ones.

Stacey Swann (USA), Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

Meet the Judges

Read about our Judges

A Helping Hand

Writing tips

Sometimes the hardest thing is to find a starting point.

A selection of resources we hope you'll find useful.

In the news

Daljit Nagra

Perhaps what we look for in a good piece of literature is to know the writer has put their shoulders against the great wheel of kind, thoughtful words that are well mannered and politely phrased.

Mary-Jane Holmes

The blank page can be daunting like snow drifts or an ice plain you can’t walk around. Even the most established writers know the frustration of a seeming lack of imagination or fresh ideas.

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