Welcome to the Bridport Prize

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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"Winning the Bridport Prize was an overwhelming and wonderful experience. Sometimes we can isolate ourselves as writers. The Bridport Prize introduced me to a fascinating group of people from around the world who love art and who struggle in different ways with writing, which was comforting and inspiring beyond belief. I would encourage anyone who is nervous about submitting their work to have a little faith and go for it."

Natalya Anderson, 1st prize Poetry 2014

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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