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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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“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

Stephanie Scott

I am editing again. I am sitting at my desk and there are piles of books stacked around me (yes, very like a fort), only where once not so long ago, I was nervously polishing my manuscript for submission to the Bridport First Novel Prize, now I am editing it for global publication.

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?

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