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.

 

“Writing poetry, writing anything at all, is mostly a solitary process, hours of what seems like drumming fingers in the dark. To have won the Bridport Poetry Prize has brought a slant of light to that process, a fragile but tangible sense of confidence to continue discovering and working with the form. I have a debut collection coming out soon which would never have come to fruition without the boost this honour bestowed on me. I would say to anyone who is thinking of entering - just do it - who knows where it might lead you and your writing.”

Mary-Jane Holmes (UK) 1st Prize, poetry competition 2017

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