The Dorset Award

The Dorset Award was established in 2007 to recognise the achievement of the writer from Dorset placed highest in the competition. It can be awarded across any of the four competition categories.

In 2018, the Award was presented to Simon Middleton from Bridport for his poetry entry 'Space was a Material'. 

Simon Middleton’s work has previously been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and featured in the 2007 Bridport Prize Junior Anthology. His poetry appears in such publications as IOTA, Envoi, Firewords Quarterly, The Cadaverine, and Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. He lives in Bridport with his wife and two children.

The Award is generously sponsored by The Book Shop, Bridport's independent book store and we thank them for their ongoing support.

"When I saw my novel Half Of You on the long-list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, it felt miraculous that my work had been plucked from a vast sea of words.

And then, reaching the short-list under the scrutiny of such eminent judges was even harder to believe. What an enormous thrill it was to receive my invitation to the prize-giving lunch and then to meet so many inspiring writers there.

I am still in the throes of a first draft, but reaching the short-list has given me a level of faith in the story that spurs me on. Any new writer looking for a way to energise their novel should simply start preparing an entry to the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award."

 

Carolyn Kirby (UK) short-listed in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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