All the winners are invited to the prizegiving ceremony which takes place at Bridport Arts Centre each October. The 2017 prize-giving will take place on Saturday 21 October.  

The judges of the competition will be in attendance to give out the prizes.  

The top three winners in the poetry, short story and flash fiction competitions are invited to read their entries or an extract of their entry at the prizegiving. The winner and runner-up in the First Novel Award will be invited to read a short extract from the opening chapters of their novel.

This lunchtime event is an enjoyable occasion where winners and their guests can meet the judges and other competitors - we hope that winners will make every effort to attend.

The prizegiving is primarily for winners, their guests, judges, readers and the Prize volunteers. However, a small number of places may be available to the general public. Please enquire at the box office for further details on 01308 424 204.

View the gallery to see photos of previous events 

New to flash fiction and to the Bridport Prize, I entered at the last minute. 

What were the best bits of winning a prize - Publication? Publicity? The Event?  Well yes, all those and especially meeting the other, wonderful, winners. But it was being sought out through the crowd by the final reader to explain why my work was shortlisted and that he was pleased it had won a prize and hearing the judge David Gaffney's comments on the story - that has stayed with me: the recognition, the understanding of what I was trying to achieve. 

So have courage. Enter!

Sandy Tozer, third prize, flash fiction competition 2015

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