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 highlight of my writing year is to enter The Bridport Prize. Not only for the prestige a placing would bring, but because it is a pleasure to submit work to such a well-organised competition. When I received the telephone call with the wonderful news that judge, Kit de Waal, had awarded my flash fiction piece second prize, the agonising over every word, the doubts, revisions and rewrites, every single second invested in my writing, all became overwhelmingly worthwhile. The warm welcome and generous hospitality of the Bridport team and judges at the awards ceremony was unforgettable and reading my story to the audience will remain the most treasured moment of my writing career”. 

Joanna Campbell (UK) 2nd Prize, flash fiction competition 2017

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