Welcome to the Bridport Prize

The 2018 competition is closed.


Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's competition. The novel longlist will be published on 17 July. Winners and shortlisted writers will be contacted during September. Results published online on 22 October.

 

 

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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“The highlight of my writing year is to enter The Bridport Prize. Not only for the prestige a placing would bring, but because it is a pleasure to submit work to such a well-organised competition. When I received the telephone call with the wonderful news that judge, Kit de Waal, had awarded my flash fiction piece second prize, the agonising over every word, the doubts, revisions and rewrites, every single second invested in my writing, all became overwhelmingly worthwhile. The warm welcome and generous hospitality of the Bridport team and judges at the awards ceremony was unforgettable and reading my story to the audience will remain the most treasured moment of my writing career”. 

Joanna Campbell (UK) 2nd Prize, flash fiction competition 2017

Meet the Judges

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

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?

Daljit Nagra

Perhaps what we look for in a good piece of literature is to know the writer has put their shoulders against the great wheel of kind, thoughtful words that are well mannered and politely phrased.

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