Entry Checklist


- read the rules and entry requirements before you submit. These can be downloaded at

- watch the short 'How the enter the Bridport Prize' video - it’s a simple step-by-step guide

- get in touch with us well before the deadline if you have any questions. For submission / website enquiries and for anything else  We are here to help you.

- check your spam box if your account password doesn’t arrive - this is probably where it’s hiding. If not, contact Victoria.

- double check you have the right version of your poem / story / novel ready to upload - we know writers often have multiple versions of their work. You won’t be able to make any amendments or ‘swap' versions once you have submitted



 - worry if you forgot to put the word or line count on your entry. You will not be disqualified for this.

- forget to include a 300 word synopsis with your novel. The judges will have no idea of where your novel is going unless you include it. Read the guide on 'How To Write A Synopsis' from our partners The Literary Consultancy.

- leave it to the last minute to submit. We appreciate writers want to send in the most polished version of their work, but we can only answer so many questions at 11.30pm next Friday! (although be assured, we will all still be working then and dealing with enquiries)

- panic if your 'confirmation of entry' email doesn’t come through straight away - the site does run more slowly when hundreds of people are submitting at the same time. You can log in and check your order history on your account. All submitted entries will be listed there in date order.

- worry if your postal entry cheque hasn’t been cashed yet or card payment taken. We open the postal entries in batches with our volunteers. The next session will be on 25th May and then on 4th June.

“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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