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


The 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 2017 Dorset Award was presented to Bridport writer Terry Warren who won the flash fiction competition with his story ‘Buttercups’.


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.  

“The first time I was short listed in the Bridport prize in 2005, I was elated. Writers write to be read, and my story had somehow managed to connect with a reader; someone “got” what I was trying to do. My work was shortlisted again in 2010, 2011 and then in 2012 I was chosen by the judge, Patrick Gale, to win second prize. This spurred me on hugely. Every time someone rates your work, it affirms your efforts. Writing is otherwise a time consuming and lonely occupation.

In 2013 one of my stories, “The Coffin Gate”, was commissioned for broadcast on radio 4 and I’m sure that was directly related to the Bridport success. In 2016 another of my stories was short listed in the Bridport Prize, and in 2017 I won a highly commended for “The Cockerel”.  The characters and action in this story became part of a chapter of my novel, Magnetism, which is published by Myriad Editions. The Bridport is a very well respected competition. Publishers pay attention to success”.

Ruth Figgest (UK) Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

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