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.

“Being recognised in a competition as prestigious as The Bridport Prize is always an honour. Having a story highly commended in this year's flash fiction competition was especially affirming, as I had not written many short pieces over the last year or two. This recognition was exactly what I needed to give me the confidence to return to writing flash fiction”.

Michelle Wright (Australia) Highly Commended, flash fiction competition 2017

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