2002 judges

Short Story Judge: Tobias Hill

Tobias has won over 100 awards for his work. His collection of short stories, Skin, won the Macmillan/Pen Award and he was runner up for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 1998. His latest collection of poems, Zoo, was published in 1998 and his two novels, Underground and The Love of Stones, were published by Faber in 1999 and 2000. Tobias was rock critic for the Sunday Telegraph and is still a regular reviewer.


Poetry Judge: Jo Shapcott

Jo is one of Britain's leading poets. She has twice won the National Poetry Competition and won the Forward Prize for her collection, My Life Asleep, in 1999. Electrocuting the Baby won a Commonwealth Prize. Phrase Book and My Life Asleep were both Poetry Book Society Choices. She was Northern Arts Literary Fellow at the Universities of Newcastle and Durham in 1998-2000 and the first Visiting Professor of Poetry at Newcastle in 2000­2001 when she gave the inaugural Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures.


“After receiving news that my poem placed second in the Bridport poetry competition, I felt a great sense of confidence, but, most importantly, a great sense of community with the other Bridport writers.

"I read the anthology with both joy and pride - how wonderful to be among such a talented group of people!”

Laura Paul Watson (USA) 2nd place Poetry competition 2016

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