Welcome to the Bridport Prize


Five Bursaries

Polly Crosby was runner-up in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award in 2018. Her winning novel, ‘The Illustrated Child’ will be published by HarperCollins HQ in 2020, and by Park Row Books in the USA the same year.

Polly, who has cystic fibrosis, is generously funding five bursaries to enable disabled writers or writers living with a long-term or debilitating illness to submit their novels to the 2019 PC-A competition free of charge. One bursary each will be offered to a writer living in Scotland, Wales, England, N Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For full details of how to apply, please see the T&C’s.

Polly Crosby


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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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“Being a prize-winner at Bridport is an affirming experience, from the reception drinks, talking to the judges, the award lunch, to taking home the anthology of brilliant writing. It's like being received as a writer; being rewarded for years of quiet craft”. 

Claire Williamson (UK) Highly Commended, poetry competition 2017

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

Aki Schilz

Editing isn't simply a process of finessing. That is, of course, the final stage, but sometimes what can happen, especially in the context of writing competitions, is that a line-by-line perfectly serviceable submission comes in with few to no grammatical or syntactical errors - but it still lacks that special something that makes one take notice.

Daljit Nagra

Being invited to hear someone’s revelations or considered reflections is always a moment of great privilege and responsibility.

Polly Crosby

For someone who is about to embark on a career as a novelist, I’m not very good with words. Don’t get me wrong, I love words. I love the sounds they make, the pictures they conjure in my head.

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