Welcome to the Bridport Prize

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award shortlist 2018


Congratulations to the authors of the following novels which have been selected for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel shortlist for 2018:

Hush

The Messenger

The Illustrated Child

The Tin Face Parade

We are Wolves

 

Thank you so much to all the writers who entered the novel award this year

 

The full competition results will be published online on 22 October.

The 2018 competiton is now closed but the competition for 2019 will be launched on 15 November.

 

 

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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"LOL was the first short story I had ever written, so coming 3rd in something as prestigious as the Bridport Prize was amazing!  It’s quite a quirky story and finding that other people enjoyed it gave me a real boost.  I guess it’s about having confidence in your own voice - that you aren’t just writing for yourself and laughing at your own jokes.  The prize winners' day was also magical.  I spent the whole day in a happy bubble and glowed for weeks afterwards."

Helen Morris, UK, third prize, short story competition 2015

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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