A Winner’s Thoughts
Rebecca Swirsky shares her thoughts on her win in our 2013 prize
NEW for 2014!
The Peggy Chapman-Andrews award for a first novel Win £1,000 plus mentoring and possible publication of your first novel!
The Peggy Chapman-Andrews award for a first novel
Judge Alison Moore will be looking for: “Evidence of a feel for language. A story that draws me in, involves me in its world, moves me in some way, and lingers in my head long after I've finished reading.”
2013 Winners and Reports
Read the Judges Reports, see the Winners and Highly Commended of 2013
On sale now - the Bridport Prize anthology 2013
Be the first to read the winning poems, short stories and flash fiction in our newly published anthology
Latest guest blogger
Flash Fiction judge, Tania Hershman, wants to be surprised…
We welcome our new patrons
the Bridport Prize is delighted to announce our new patrons
Flash Fiction Judge 2014: Tania Hershman
'You don't need fireworks, bells, whistles; you don't need a large cast of characters, but tell me a story that can only be told in 250 words'

welcome to
the Bridport Prize

“Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It's not just the money - though that's not to be sneezed at - it's a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment” 

Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize

Our mission

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

Over £15,000 in prize money

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £25.

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.