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.

"One indicator of the importance of the Bridport Prize is that everyone comes to the presentation.

"I felt slightly ridiculous, merely highly commended flash fiction, spending my prize twice over on a weekend in Bridport. I'm so glad I did. Sipping fizz in a beautiful gallery, I talked with the readers, my judge, other winners.

"Everyone at Bridport was so obviously invested in the competition and keen to meet the writers, their enthusiastic commitment to encouraging writing palpable."

 

Carolyn Prior (UK) highly commended, Flash Fiction competition 2016

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