Our Partners

Our partners include: 

A M Heath represent a broad range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, biographers, and children's authors.  A.M. Heath receive the Bridport Prize shortlisted stories each year and are partners in delivering the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.

“We think the prize always throws up fantastic writers and it has great standing within the literary world.”  Euan Thorneycroft, A. M. Heath

 

TLC LogoThe Literary Consultancy is the UK’s first and leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service providing expert, market-aware editorial appraisal and help to writers at all levels. They are partners in delivering the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.


 The Book Shop , Bridport’s independent book store, has been at heart of the town for forty years. Owner Antonia Squire generously sponsors The Dorset Award which is given annually to the highest placed writer from Dorset in the competition.

The 2018 Dorset Award was presented to Bridport writer Simon Middleton for his poem ‘Space was a material’.

 

Bridport Arts Centre is a creative arts organisation at the heart of the West Dorset community, reaching out to inspire, engage and entertain.

The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded by Peggy Chapman-Andrews in 1973, the same year Bridport Arts Centre was opened, as a way of raising funds to support the Arts Centre's work. It has grown to become the Arts Centre's flagship project and still raises vital funds each year to support the continuation of their work.  

Mary-Anne HarringtonMary-Anne Harrington is Publisher of Tinder Press, Headline’s literary imprint, which she co-founded in 2013.  Her authors include Maggie O’Farrell, winner of the Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times bestseller; Guy Gunaratne, who was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize;  Eowyn Ivey, a Sunday Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize Finalist; and Lesley Nneka Arimah, Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

 

"When I took the phone call telling me I'd won the Bridport prize for my first novel, I was so excited I walked with the phone out of the front door and into the street where I paced up and down, beaming. My living room wasn't big enough to hold my excitement.

Within a month of attending the lovely prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A M Heath. I am now working with 'my agent' (what a wonderful thing to be able to write!) and The Literary Consultancy (who, along with A M Heath, sponsor the Bridport), to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published.

The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all."

 

S.M. Misra (UK) – 1st prize winner, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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