Welcome to the Bridport Prize

Congratulations to the authors of the following novels which have been shortlisted for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award 2019. Results will be posted on Monday 21 October.


City of Blades

Ghost Boy

Seagull Pie

The Haven

Third Space




Brash and Frazil

Dismember the Past

Leap of Faith

Looking for Romance (with Steve Davis)

The Alchemy of Botany 

The Fleeting

The Good Steward

The Invisible World

The Martyr's Hymn

The only life you could save

The Other Son

The Starlight Rooms

The Well-Tempered Wife

While there is still time


The  winning and shortlisted writers in the poetry, short story and flash fiction categories will be notified during September








The Bridport Prize is Now Closed




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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“I rarely enter poetry competitions: I have published nine novels but I struggle to take myself seriously as a poet. Being recognized in the Bridport made me look at my poetry in a whole new light – a very pleasant one. Lemn Sissay’s judging comments got straight to the heart of what I aiming to do. A wonderful experience.”

Michelle Lovric (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

Isabel Ashdown

“My first ever pre-publication writing award was a for a poem which won runner-up in this competition. The anthology gave me my first taste of being published & some real self-belief.

Naomi Wood's room

"What to do with my free time. Read or clean. I don’t want to answer it every day with housework. I did not finish my third novel in between two kids by being house-proud". Naomi Wood, our First Novel Award judge ponders on the urge to tidy up versus getting on with some actual writing n this blog written specially for the Bridport Prize.

Kit de Waal

The first success I ever had with my writing was an Honorary Mention (note the capital letters) in the Fish Prize for Flash Fiction in 2014.  It was the first thing I’d ever sent out and getting an

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