dorset award

In 2007, the Bridport Prize established an award just for Dorset writers. The Dorset Award is given annually to the highest placed writer from the county in the competition.

Generously sponsored by The Book Shop, Bridport’s independent book store, the winner receives  £100 plus a specially commissioned trophy, based on Hardy's Monument.

The Bridport Prize is grateful to Antonia Squire owner and manager of The Book Shop for support in encouraging creative writing in Dorset. The shop, established in the town for almost 40 years, offers the discerning reader an eclectic selection of general literature but also specializing in local books. Not the usual run of the mill, The Book Shop is a characterful and welcoming place to visit.

Terry WarrenThe eleventh award was presented at the 2017 prizegiving lunch to Terry Warren for his flash fiction entry  ‘Buttercups' which also took the top prize in the flash fiction competition. 

The artist commissioned to make the first part of the trophy or sculpture is James Verner, the furniture designer/maker, based near Marshwood. His sculptural pieces, made from beautiful, sustainable, indigenous timber, have established him at the vanguard of the contemporary furniture scene. 
Dorset Award 2017 winner Terry Warren receives his award at the Prizegiving lunch.

“Being Highly Commended in the 2017 Bridport short story prize has been one of my proudest achievements. Bridport is such a prestigious competition that I certainly wasn't expecting the good news when I opened that email! The prize-giving was an extremely professional event, and the chance to meet and mingle with the judges and other authors was invaluable. I would thoroughly recommend it; the competition is certainly very strong, but a good story couldn't find a better home than the Bridport anthology”.

C.G. Menon (UK) Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

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