2015 Anthology
Coming Soon
Aki Schilz, 
TLC Editorial Services Manager,
gives her thoughts on Writing, Timing and the Value of Prizes
PC-A Novel Award Judge 2015: Jane Feaver
'I’d like to be surprised into entering another world and finding that I can be at home in it.'
Flash Fiction Judge 2015: David Gaffney
'I'll be looking for stories that have a strong structure with a good sense of character, place, time, and purpose. '
Poetry Judge 2015: Roger McGough
'Not only should the heart be in the right place, but so must the words.'
Short Story Judge 2015: Jane Rogers
'I’ll be looking for stories which use language with real precision, where every word counts.'
2014 Winners and Reports
Read the Judges Reports, see the Winners and Highly Commended of 2014
The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Novel Award 2014
Read Caroline's novel the winner and Ian's extract the Runner-up

welcome to
the Bridport Prize

“Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It's not just the money - though that's not to be sneezed at - it's a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment” 

Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize

Our mission

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

Over £16,000 in prize money

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered. 

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.