entry instructions

entry dates | how to enter | instructions for entering online | instructions for entering by post

PLEASE NOTE:  Our entry instructions are for ease of administration and we prefer you to follow them.  BUT if you forget anything or add the details in the wrong place your entry will NOT be disqualified.  

We only disqualify entries if they are named or if they are over

the word or line count

Entry Dates

Submissions for the Bridport Prize 2017 will be accepted from

     15th November 2016 

The deadline for receipt of entries is

     Midnight (BST) on Wednesday 31st May 2017

 

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission online as early as possible before the deadline. Postal copies are also accepted.

First, read the Competition Rules thoroughly to make sure you comply with them. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.

 

Instructions for Entering ONLINE

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS ON THE MANUSCRIPT

Entry Fees are payable online, in £ sterling, via the payment providers PayPal or WorldPay, using a credit or debit card. Overseas entrants will be charged the equivalent amount in their own currency according to the rate of exchange on the day of entry.

Poem

Type and format the poem as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 42 lines, no minimum.
• Add the line count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the line count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Single line spaced, except between stanzas
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages if the poem runs to two pages
• Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx. We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, .txt. Maximum allowed file size is 2Mb) with the poem title in the file name (typed exactly the same as on the document), for example: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
• If the poem is untitled, save the document with the first line of the poem instead.

Short Story

Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 5,000 words, no minimum
• Add the word count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the word count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double line spaced (ie: a blank line space between each line)
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages
• Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx. We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, .txt. Maximum allowed file size is 2Mb) with the short story title in the file name (typed exactly the same as on the document), for example: Pride and Prejudice
• If the short story is untitled, save the document with the first line of the story instead.

Flash Fiction

Type and format the flash fiction as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 250 words, no minimum
• Add the word count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the word count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double line spaced (ie: a blank line space between each line)
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages, if the flash fiction runs to two pages
• Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx. We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, .txt. Maximum allowed file size is 2Mb) with the flash fiction title in the file name (typed exactly the same as on the document), for example: A Christmas Carol
• If the flash fiction is untitled, save the document with the first line of the story instead.

 

Instructions for Entering by POST

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS ON THE MANUSCRIPT

First, read the Competition Rules thoroughly to make sure you comply with them. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.

Download the Entry Form and fill it in, including titles of your entries. Or send a stamped self-addressed envelope, marked ‘Entry Form Request’ to the Bridport Prize, address below.

Entry Fees are payable in £ sterling only - cash, postal order, UK cheque or credit/debit card. Overseas cheques, bankers drafts etc are not accepted.

Poem

Type and format the poem as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 42 lines, no minimum.
• Add the line count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the line count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Single line spaced, except between stanzas
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages, if the poem runs to two pages
• Staple the pages together if the poem runs to two pages

Short Story

Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 5,000 words, no minimum
• Add the word count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the word count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double line spaced (ie: a blank line space between each line)
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages
• Staple the pages together

Flash Fiction

Type and format the flash fiction as per the following instructions:

• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• A maximum of 250 words, no minimum
• Add the word count to the top left of the first page. The title is not included in the word count
• Font: any font, 12pt, black
• Double line spaced (ie: a blank line space between each line)
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages, if the flash fiction runs to two pages
• Staple the pages together if the flash fiction runs to two pages

 

Send all documents together:

• Entries, entry form and entry fees (but do not staple the cheque to the entry form)
• Plus, if you require acknowledgement for receipt of your entry, add a stamped self-addressed postcard, and an A5 stamped self-addressed envelope for the results
• Use the correct postage! We will not accept and pay for mail that has insufficient postage

 

in the post to:

The Bridport Prize
PO Box 6910
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 9BQ
UK

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