“I will be looking for stories that are strongly voiced, and that are not simply undernourished versions of authorial restraint."

Short Story and Flash Fiction Judge 2018: Monica Ali

"I’m happy to be persuaded by the text in front of me, the text that claims it’s a poem. The poem can be conventional or outlandish and show very few features of a regular poem."

Poetry Judge 2018: Daljit Nagra

“I’ll be looking for stories that take risks, stories that understand form and are engaged with the possibilities of language..."

Novel Judge 2018: Kamila Shamsie
Short Stories & Flash Fiction

Welcome to the Bridport Prize

In the beginning was the word...

We're here to accompany you on your writing journey. You'll find all the information you need about the competition and how to enter on the site.

It started back in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, when an inspirational woman called Peggy Chapman-Andrews had a bright idea to encourage new writing and the Bridport Prize was born.

Today it is a truly global competition seeking out the best new writers from across the world.

Each year our excellent judges hand out over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.

The competititon closing date is 31 May each year at midnight BST.

So visit the category pages where you can find out more, view our winners' stories to see what successful entrants have gone on to achieve, or browse our support for writers.


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

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Short Stories

“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

“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

Sometimes the hardest thing is to find a starting point.

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

In the news

Somerset Maugham said, “There are three secrets to writing a novel.

Our Novel Award judge has made this video blog for those of you hoping to enter the Bridport Prize.

Peter Hobbs

It’s still a couple months before entries for the Bridport short story prize begin to find their way to me.

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