Welcome to the Bridport Prize

The 2018 competition is closed.


Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's competition. The novel longlist will be published on 17 July. Winners and shortlisted writers will be contacted during September. Results published online on 22 October.

 

 

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

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” Edgar Allan Poe

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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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It can be a long, hard business getting your first novel out into the world so when The Waiting Rooms was short-listed for the Bridport Prize it was an incredible boost to my confidence. You know you are going to be up against some really outstanding writers and so receiving that level of endorsement from such a prestigious literary community was a real game-changer. It has helped me get noticed and provided very timely good news for discussions with agents. Not forgetting the wonderful awards ceremony and meeting the Bridport team and other writers which is always so inspiring. My advice to any budding novelist would be to enter the Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Eve Carpenter Smith (UK) Shortlisted, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, 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

Terry Warren's wet notebook

"My 2017 Bridport Prize entry ‘Buttercups’ was mostly roughed out in indecipherable biro scrawl on the inside of my forearm whilst out walking. Clearly this is not a particularly efficient method of note-taking.."

Terry Warren won the Flash Fiction competition and the Dorset Award in 2017. In this blog he tells of four things he has leant about being a writer since his win.

Aki Schilz

We’ve all heard of boosting creativity, but when I talk about managing it, writers often react with suspicion; something like creativity can’t (oughtn’t!) be managed, surely?

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.

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