The Competition

We know by the time you get here a huge amount of work and thought has been put into your writing, so we want to make the submission process as straightforward as possible.

You can submit your poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition by clicking on the Category pages below. All entries are judged anonymously.

To enter online, you will first need to register for an account on the site. You only need to register once.

Writers with accounts on the old website do not need to re-register.

You can log in to your account using the same password and username.

You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages. We recommend that writers read these before submitting their work.

“Writing can often feel like stumbling around in the dark, but being highly commended for poetry in the Bridport Prize 2017 gave me a huge confidence boost that I was on the right track. To be recognised in such a prestigious, world-renowned competition; to have my work read by the great Lemn Sissay and to be described publicly for the first time as 'a poet' - each has inspired me to write more than I've ever written before. Without getting a nod from Bridport, I might not have had the confidence to put together a full poetry collection for the first time. It has proved the galvanising force I needed to throw off the shackles of self-doubt and say proudly that yes - I am a writer”. 

Victoria Richards (UK) Highly Commended, poetry competition 2017

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