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 2017, the Award was presented to Terry Warren from Bridport for his flash fiction story 'Buttercups'. Terry also took the 1st prize in the Flash Fiction competition.

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

"The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the UK, and I was thrilled and delighted - as well as amazed - when I got a phone call to say that I'd won. Writing is a lonely business, always with that uneasy feeling that the finished product may not be worth the effort expended on it. So winning a competition like the Bridport is a huge boost to the confidence, a validation and acknowledgement of your work that encourages you to go on writing. It's both a humbling and enriching experience.  Entering competitions has always been a 'road travelled in hope' rather than with any expectation of arriving at the finishing line. So to other writers I'd say - go for it. You may just win!"

Kathy Miles (UK) first prize, poetry competition 2015

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