Welcome to the Bridport Prize

The 2019  competition is now open

 

The competition for 2019 is open to submissions from 19 November 2018.

We welcome our new judges Holly McNish for Poetry, Kirsty Logan for Short Stories and Flash Fiction and Naomi Wood for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.

See our Novel page for exciting news about the new anthology for this year's Award!

The winning and highly commended writers from the 2018 competition can be seen on the Results page. Our congratulations to all of them.

The shortlisted writers, novel longlist and the Judges' reports can be downloaded from Previous Years Results page.

 

The 2019 competiton will close on 31 May at midnight BST.

 

 
There are
left to enter

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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"One indicator of the importance of the Bridport Prize is that everyone comes to the presentation.

"I felt slightly ridiculous, merely highly commended flash fiction, spending my prize twice over on a weekend in Bridport. I'm so glad I did. Sipping fizz in a beautiful gallery, I talked with the readers, my judge, other winners.

"Everyone at Bridport was so obviously invested in the competition and keen to meet the writers, their enthusiastic commitment to encouraging writing palpable."

 

Carolyn Prior (UK) highly commended, Flash Fiction competition 2016

Meet the Judges

Naomi Wood
Hollie McNish
Kirsty Logan
Kirsty Logan
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

Stephanie Scott

I am editing again. I am sitting at my desk and there are piles of books stacked around me (yes, very like a fort), only where once not so long ago, I was nervously polishing my manuscript for submission to the Bridport First Novel Prize, now I am editing it for global publication.

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?

What now?

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