Welcome to the Bridport Prize

This year's competition closes 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2018.


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.

 

 
There are
left to enter

A category for everyone

Poetry Prize

poetry Competiton

1st Prize £5,000 | 2nd Prize £1,000 | 3rd Prize £500 | 10 x £100 for Highly Commended
Judge: Daljit Nagra

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Short Story Prize

short story writing competition

1st Prize £5,000 | 2nd Prize £1,000 | 3rd Prize £500 10 x £100 for Highly Commended
Judge: Monica Ali

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The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

1st Prize £1,000 plus mentoring with The Literary Consultancy
2nd Prize £500 + full manuscript appraisal | 3rd Prize 3 x £100 for shortlisted writers plus 50-page manuscript appraisal
Judge: Kamila Shamsie

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Flash Fiction Prize

Flash Fiction Prize

1st Prize £1,000 | 2nd Prize £500 | 3rd Prize £250
3 x £100 for Highly Commended
Judge: Monica Ali

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Like mine, your inner critic may say it's not worth entering a big competition like The Bridport. But honing work for entry is instructive in itself, and if it then survives such a barrage of keen-eyed readers, and goes on to meet more, it makes those otherwise lonely months and years worthwhile. Go poem!

Julia Deakin (UK) 3rd prize, poetry 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.

What now?

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