writing competition

Writing Competition

ABOUT THE PRIZE
 
We're an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.
 

As well as cash prizes, all winners are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names. 

Past judges include Ali Smith, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, U A Fanthorpe, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and Tracy Chevalier.

For your chance to win get your entries to us by 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2018.

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ENTERING
 

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. All entries are judged anonymously.

You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages. 

Watch our 'How to Enter' video below for step by step guidance on submitting your entry:

“Winning one of the Highly Commended Prizes at Bridport 2016 was a thrill and delight. I felt honoured and humbled to be among the roll call of your prestigious competition. 

Most importantly, to have had the intellect, talent and grace of such a remarkable poet as Patience Agbabi choosing the winners was an amazing feeling and a massive confidence boost.

"Your organisers and administration are second to none in making your participating writers feel respected, honoured and celebrated. I applaud and commend you."

Eilis Stanley (IRL) – highly commended, Poetry competition 2016

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