The Dorset Award

The Dorset Award was established in 2007 to recognise the achievement of the writer from Dorset placed highest in the competition. It can be awarded across any of the four competition categories.

In 2018, the Award was presented to Simon Middleton from Bridport for his poetry entry 'Space was a Material'. 

Simon Middleton’s work has previously been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and featured in the 2007 Bridport Prize Junior Anthology. His poetry appears in such publications as IOTA, Envoi, Firewords Quarterly, The Cadaverine, and Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. He lives in Bridport with his wife and two children.

The Award is generously sponsored by The Book Shop, Bridport's independent book store and we thank them for their ongoing support.

“The news that I’d won the Bridport Poetry Prize took months to sink in with a mixed feeling of responsibility and assurance. After such a prestigious vote of confidence I feel I have a duty to continue writing no matter how much I might doubt myself in future.

"Yet at the same time, I feel that the cure for any future doubt is hard work – for this prize has also given me the belief that I have some potential to create writing of worth”.

Mark Pajak (UK), winner, Poetry competition 2016

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