Rules of entry and Terms & Conditions

GENERAL

The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on 31st May 2017.

Open to writers, resident in Great Britain (including Channel Islands and IOM) and the Republic of Ireland with a part-written or completed novel in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. Non-fiction and fiction for children is not eligible.

Entries will be the first chapters of the novel, a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words in total, plus a synopsis of 300 words.

The entry fee for each novel / part-written novel submitted is £20

Entrants may enter any number of novels, each with the entry fee of £20.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded.

Bridport Prize readers will select the longlist of 20 for the industry partners: The Literary Consultants and A.M. Heath Literary Agents, plus the named judge, who will produce a shortlist of 5. 

The 20 longlisted entrants must be able to submit a minimum of 15,000 words (includes initial entry) by 21 July 2017.

The 5 shortlisted entrants must be able to submit either the completed novel or a minimum of 30,000 words (includes what has already been submitted) by 1st September 2017.

Together with the named judge, the industry partners will choose a winner and runner-up from the shortlist by 6th October 2017.

The winner and the runner-up will be expected to attend the prizegiving on 21st October 2017.  Those shortlisted will be invited to the prizegiving.

Results will be posted on the website from 23rd October 2017. 

Please note  We are only able to contact the longlisted and shortlisted writers with the results. If you do not hear from us by the end of July, you must assume your entry has not gone  through to the next stage. 

Copyright (as with our other competition categories) remains with the author but BP retains the right to publish extracts on its website and for any promotional purposes.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all writers resident in Great Britain (including Channel Islands and IOM) and the Republic of Ireland, aged 16 years and over, with a part-written or completed novel, written in English. 

Entrants must not have previously published a novel, (although self-published and ebooks are accepted).   Entrants who have had other types of books published e.g. poetry, memoir, nonfiction, are eligible. 

“Published” means where a publisher (big or small) has selected a work on editorial grounds for their list (and that list publishes different writers as opposed to the list simply being comprised of one author’s works) and where the author in question has not paid that publisher to do so. 

The submitted work must not have won or been placed in another competition. Work that has been Commended is eligible provided a cash prize was not awarded

Entrants must not currently be represented by a literary agent.

The novel can be any adult fiction genre, including fiction for young adults providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership.  Nonfiction and fiction for children is not eligible. 

Longlisted entrants will be required to submit a minimum of 15,000 words for the final stages of the judging process. Entrants unable to comply will be disqualified.

Shortlisted entrants will be required to submit either a completed novel or a minimum of 30,000 words for the final stage of the judging process. Entrants unable to comply will be disqualified.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

 

ENTRY FORMAT

You can enter online, or by post using the postal entry form

Please note that the first page/s of your entry must be the 300 word synopsis comprising:

1st paragraph - brief summary of 30 to 75 words.

Followed by the detailed synopsis. Please note the word limit for both the brief summary and synopsis is 300 words. 

Our partners The Literary Consultancy have information on How to write a synopsis.

If you enter by post please send ONE copy of your manuscript and include your name, address, telephone number and email address, plus titles of entries on the postal entry form.

If you enter online, and before uploading your novel, please ensure that the filename is the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.

Entries must be double-spaced, with pages numbered and the novel’s title on every page.  The word count to be included on the title page.

Font:  Arial, 12pt, Black

Entries will be judged anonymously. Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.  Your entry will be disqualified if your name is on the manuscript.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.  If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked 'Final Version' on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee.  No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.

Please note that entries cannot be returned under any circumstances – keep a copy.

Entry fees must be in pounds sterling.  If you are entering by post, payment must be in pounds sterling – ONLY cash, or UK postal order or UK cheque (payable to ‘The Bridport Prize’).

You will receive email acknowledgment of your online entry from the Bridport Prize and your payment provider (either PayPal or WorldPay).   If you enter by post please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.

It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email. 

 

JUDGING

The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

The Bridport Prize reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

 

RESULTS

The winner and runner-up will be contacted on 8th October 2017 and announced at the Bridport prizegiving on 21st October 2017.  The results will be posted on the Bridport Prize website on 23rd October 2017.

 

PRIZES

The Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award will give the following prizes:

1st prize: £1,000

A short, written report on the winning entry from the named judge.

Mentoring and appraisal from The Literary Consultancy over a period of time to assist with the completion of the winning novel.

If, after the mentoring process, the finished novel is suitable, A.M. Heath Literary Agents will have first option to represent the winner and to offer it to a publisher they recommend.

The first three chapters of the winning novel will be published on the Bridport Prize website after 23rd October 2017.

Runner-up: £500

Plus full manuscript appraisal from The Literary Consultancy.

The first three chapters of the runner-up novel will be published on the Bridport Prize website after 23rd October 2017.

3 awards will be given to the shortlisted writers of £100 plus a 50 page manuscript appraisal from The Literary Consultancy.

All prize-winners will be invited to attend an Industry Day at The Literary Consultancy in London 

The Bridport Prize reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so.  Any changes to the rules will be posted on the Bridport Prize website.

The Bridport Prize reserves the right to not to grant the Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard for publication. 

In the very unlikely event of the competition being cancelled, entry fees will be refunded.

SUBMISSION OF ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE RULES

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION