Results 2015

Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2015

1ST PRIZE - (please click the title to read the opening chapters from this novel)

Swan Song - Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott


RUNNER-UP - (please click the title to read the opening chapters from this novel)

When the mountain swallowed the morning - Alison Powell



How not to get pregnant - Jennifer Campion

Heartwood  - Heather Chadwick

A corner of the artist’s room -  Sinead Mooney


LONGLIST (alphabetical order)

Bad Habits  -  Jennifer Antell           

Tilt -  Adam Bennett-Keogh

Polishing Harpo  - Drew Bryson

The Toad Prince  - Elizabeth Cripps

The Fault Line - Alistair Daniel

The giddy career of Mr Gadd (deceased) - Lyn Gameson

Constant  - Joe Holroyd

Searching for Elizabeth Loaming  - Avril Lappin

Echo Hall - Virginia Moffatt

The Lunatic’s Ball  - Stuart Roberts

Godforsaken - Mark Sandford-Wood

The Truth - Stefanie Sidortsova

The Flag on Tilicho La  -  Susan Vittery

I Am Here - Kieran Westwood

If everyone knew every plant and tree - Julia Wren-Hilton


Biographies (alphabetical order)

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call first Los Angeles and then London her adopted homes. She earned a BFA, Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Kelleigh has been honoured by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Numerous screenwriting honours include the Zoetrope competition judged by Francis Ford Coppola and the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, where she has twice been honoured as a finalist. In 2006 Kelleigh was the recipient of the Abroad Writers’ Conference Fellowship in Provence, where the germ of an idea for a book about the author Truman Capote’s betrayal of his Swans was born; nearly a decade of research and gestation later, Swan Song is her first novel. She developed the collective voice of the narrative over a six-month UEA / Guardian masterclass, led by novelist James Scudamore. Swan Song was shortlisted for the 2015 Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition and is longlisted for the 2015 Historical Novel Society Award for a New Novel. Kelleigh is married to English actor and writer Dominic Jephcott.

Alison Powell grew up in Blackwood, a small mining town in South Wales. She left life in the Valleys in 1994 to study English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Hull. From there she went on to live and work in a variety of roles, from English teacher to parachute packer, in Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and Spain. In 2004 she trained as an English and Drama teacher and has taught at secondary schools in Bristol, her adopted home. She currently works as a freelance education writer and consultant and has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where she has been developing When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning.

"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

What now?

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates