Previous winners (listed alphabetically) have let us know of their continued writing successes:

Kitty Aldridge 1st prize, short story 2011

Many congratulations to Kitty Aldridge - her book "A Trick I Learned from Dead Men"  has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013.  Her BP winning story is the first chapter in the book.

Judith Allnatt runner-up, short story 2007

Judith writes “My novel 'A Mile of River ' has been published by Transworld (Doubleday/Black Swan). The novel was chosen as Simon Mayo's Book of the Month for Radio 5 Live, in April 2008 and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature in November 2008. My second novel 'The Poet's Wife' will be published by Transworld in July 2009.

I was thrilled to be included in the Bridport Prize shortlist and the anthology and found it enormously encouraging that Tracey Chevalier, a writer whose work I admire, had chosen my story.”

Richard Aronowitz runner-up, poetry 1999

“I was a runner-up (poetry) in 1999 when Tobias Hill was judge and I have since then had eleven poems published in the anthology “Anvil New Poets 3” (Anvil Press, 2001); single poems published in “The Guardian” and “The Interpreter’s House”, three in “Envoi” (forthcoming), etc. My debut novel, “Five Amber Beads”, came out in 2006 from Flambard Press to good reviews.
My second novel, “It's Just The Beating Of My Heart”, is being published by Flambard Press in February 2010.

Isabel Ashdown runner-up, poetry 2006

The 2006 Bridport supplementary prize was Isabel’s first creative writing award. In 2008 she won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, judged by Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer, and her subsequent debut novel Glasshopper went on to be twice named as one of the best books of 2009 by the London Evening Standard and the Observer Review.

Her second novel, Hurry Up and Wait, was released in June 2011, and was listed as one of Amazon’s Top 100 ‘Customer Favourites in 2011′. She is currently working on her third book.

Tiffany Atkinson runner-up, poetry 2002

Congratulations to Tiffany Atkinson who has won the 2007 Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for her collection 'Kink and Particle' . The news was announced at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival - Tiffany will receive £3,000 a week's paid protected writing time plus a paid invitation to read and participate at the 2008 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Kink and Particle has also been shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.


Sarah Barr  runner-up, poetry 2010

Sarah says  "I was a winner for poetry, also Dorset Prizewinner, in the Bridport Prize 2010, and shortlisted in 2011. I was hugely encouraged by my Bridport win in 2010 and by being published in the anthology.  Thank you!

I just thought I'd let you know of a couple of poetic successes I've had recently - I was the profiled poet for South magazine issue 43 in 2011. The profile was written and poems selected by Dorset poet, Paul Hyland.

I won 2nd prize for poetry at the Winchester Writers Conference competition this June, 2012."

Jane Borodale runner-up, short story 2005

Her first novel The Book of Fires was published by HarperCollins in June 2009 as part of a two-book deal. A story about love, redemption and eighteenth-century fireworks, it is also due out early 2010 in the USA, with Viking.

Jane said 'I was thrilled when The Butcher's Daughter won a prize in the Bridport. It felt like a confirmation that my writing was coming together and heading in the right direction, and I'm sure that, in a circuitous way, it helped towards publication of my novel. Thank you!'

Sean Borodale 3rd prize, poetry 2011

On arrival at the Bridport Prize, on meeting the judges, organisers, fellow prizewinners, I felt suddenly humbled. There was a quietly bewitching energy; that in this one room was gathered a chorus of so many poetic and literary voices. Nothing really had to be said; the communion of pursuit was evident, the feeling of contemporariness enough to make the room sing with the sharing of the feast! The Bridport Prize has been instrumental in finding a publisher for my poems - thank you to all who made it a wonderful day.

And to let you know - just before Christmas, I received an offer from Jonathan Cape to publish my first collection, which will come out later this year - so thank you all!

Alan Buckley runner-up, poetry 2009

Alan writes “in addition to being commended in the Bridport Prize, I received a writer's grant from Arts Council England to complete my first collection. In 2010 I won first prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize.”


Christopher Buehlman 1st prize, poetry 2007

An update from Christopher:  "I am the author of two literary horror novels published by Penguin's Ace division: Those Across the River (September 2011) and Between Two Fires (October 2012). A third is expected out in the Fall, tentatively titled The Necromancer's House.  My first novel, Those Across the River, has been optioned for film by the makers of Black Swan and Shutter Island."

Graham Clifford runner-up, poetry 2004 & shortlisted, poetry 2007

Update "My debut collection The Hitting Game has just been launched by Seren. One of the poems has been highly commended in this year's Forward Prize. Well, who wouldn't want a poem called, The Best Poem Ever Written, on their contents page!"

In 2010 Graham won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose collection prize and had a pamphlet published by Seren. Seren Books 
2007 was pretty good for Graham, prize-wise. He won first prize in the Biscuit Competition, biscuitpublishing for a portfolio of 6 poems which included the poem from the Bridport Prize 2004 competition.

He says "I will certainly be having another go this year at the Prize - I still have very fond memories of the day and still regard Bridport as one of the important ones to win.

Emma Darwin 3rd prize, short story 2004

When Jim Crace gave my story 'Maura's Arm' third prize in 2004, I began to feel that my writing career was taking off. Sure enough, nine months later I was offered a two-book deal by Headline Review. My first novel The Mathematics of Love will be published on 3rd July 2006, and by Morrow in the US in January 2007. French, Russian and Polish translation rights have already been sold, and I'm now working on my second novel as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths' College.

Claudia Daventry 1st Prize, Poetry 2012, runner-up in 2006 & 2007

Update "This year, I've taken second prize in the Philip Larkin/Bridlington prize (with a poem that was simultaneously shortlisted for the Bridport, which sadly - but rightly - had to be taken off the list), had a commissioned piece set to music by Scottish composer Rory Boyle and performed at the Commonwealth Games, have had more poems accepted for publication (Irish Literary Review, Templar, Bloodaxe, Magma, Dark Horse) and have a Canto in the updated Don Juan (Five Leaves), published alongside George Szirtes, Sinead Morrissey, Ian Duhig, W N Herbert et al. I'll be reading from this book at the Durham Book festival in October."

Jan 2014, more from Claudia: "I've another poem published today in the Island Review, in case you're interested...things have been going well this year, with poems now also about to come out in Measure Press and Magma as well as a current one in the Irish Literary Review. The 'update' of Byron's Don Juan is due out next year (in conjunction with other poets - Douglas Dunn, Bill Herbert, Sinead Morrisey, Ian Duhig, George Szirtes et al). 

Thanks to Claudia for latest news:  "I've been meaning to update you, but as ever life's been hectic. I've enjoyed having the readings up online - it's nice to hear the other winners at a less heady time, too, to be able to give them more thought. I've had lots of people come back to me since the recordings were posted and several tags on Facebook, so it's been a good booster.

I've been writing like mad. I've also had some work accepted and published some long poems since my win - in The Island Review and in The Dark Horse, which was great because off the back of that one (a full sonnet sequence) I got a commission to join a Byron project, for publication next year, with fifteen other established poets, including Douglas Dunn, Ian Duhig, Sinead Morrisey, W.N. Herbert &c.

I also gave a reading last week in London with Matt Harvey and Murray Lachlan Young, which was great. 

I picked up a prize in the Troubadour/Coffee House poetry competition in the autumn, for my poem 'Brood', judged by Bernard O'Donaghue. And I'll be heading down to the Keats House in London next weekend for the prize reading of the FlamingoFeather competition (judged by Mimi Khalvati and Peter Daniels) - my poem 'Tarantella' won in the Dance category. So it's been a busy few months."

Carys Davies runner-up, short story 2005

Cary's second collection of short stories The Redemption of Galen Pike has now been released. The title story won the VS Pritchett Prize and other stories have won and been longlisted as well as shortlisted for a number of others including the Olive Cook and the Sunday Times EFG awards

At the Society of Authors' 2010 Awards in London Carys won the Olive Cook Short Story Award for her story 'The Quiet'. The award, worth £1,000 and judged by Jane Gardam and Jacob Ross, was set up in 2004 and is awarded every two years. 

Her first short story collection 'Some New Ambush' was published September 2007 by Salt, the Cambridge based publisher of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
The book has been reviewed in the Independent by Boyd Tonkin who compares her writing to Dylan Thomas and Margaret Atwood. He describes the 15 stories in the book as being a 'darkly funny and unsettling collection'.

 'Some New Ambush', which was longlisted for the 2008 Wales Book of the Year Prize, was also shortlisted for the 2009 Roland Mathias Prize and was a Finalist in the 2008 Calvino Prize. 

Carys said "Winning a runner-up prize in the 2005 Bridport was SUCH an important step for me and I have been working hard ever since to put together this collection."

A new short story ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ won the Royal Society of Literature's 2011 VS Pritchett Memorial Prize. It appeared in the 2012 Royal Society of Literature Review, with illustrations by Natacha Ledwidge, and in the November 2011 issue of Prospect and can be read on their website at

Robert Dodds runner up, short story 1995

'Hairpin Bend' was one of the stories included in my first published collection 'Rattlesnake and Other Tales' (Polygon, 2001). Additionally, I have now had nine stories broadcast on BBC Radio Four. I also write novels for older children, and Andersen Press have published my supernatural thrillers 'The Midnight Clowns' (also published in France), 'NIghtland', and 'The Secret of Iguando' (also published in the USA, and broadcast on BBC Radio Four). My fourth novel in this series, 'The Murrian', comes out in October 2008.

Even though I suppose I'm an 'established' writer in some respects, I still try to write a short story each year for the Bridport Prize deadline. I was greatly encouraged by my prize in such a prestigious competition, and still harbour the ambition to write the winning story one day!

Lydia Fulleylove 3rd prize, poetry 2009

Lydia writes "My poem Night Drive, which won third prize in Bridport Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, Best Single Poem in 2010, was published in The Guardian Saturday Poem column in September 2010 and is now published in The Forward Book of Poetry 2011. 

My collection, Notes on Sea and Land, is published by Happenstance Press in July 2011.

Vanessa Gebbie 2nd prize, short story 2007

Vanessa writes “I won Second Prize in Bridport 2007, with my story ‘I Can Squash the King, Tommo…’  
My debut collection of short fiction, Words from a Glass Bubble, was published by Salt in March 2008 and is longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize.”

Her novel, A Coward’s Tale, was published by Bloomsbury in 2011.  Vanessa has edited a textbook on short story writing, Short Circuit, also published by Salt.

Rebecca Goess runner-up, poetry 2000

My poem 'Aeroplanes' won a supplementary prize in 2000. It has since been animated and was aired on BBC Big Screens nationwide. You can see it here at '' 
My first full length collection is due with Flambard Press in 2010.

Philip Hansell runner-up, short story 2001

His story 'Brought to you by the makers of Norriss Toothbrushes...' was dramatised by the Peter Quince Theatre Company, who took it to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2002. In 2009 Philip had a novel published by Legend Press, called 'The History of Us', published under his nom de plume Philip Leslie. '' 

He says: "Bridport started me writing again, having abandoned it some five years earlier due to lack of success and the misery caused by hundreds and hundreds of rejection letters. And while I went on to receive a few hundred more (ninety for one typescript alone), eventually one of my books did land on the right desk at the right time and made it into print. I've two poems published in something called 'The View From Here' in June".

His (non-serious and non-literary) blog is at


Latest news:  " I have a second novel coming out soon. It's an eBook called 'What Remains', to be published by December House. I've just finished editing it, and it will be available for Kindle (etc) as soon as the cover has been chosen. It goes without saying that the Bridport prize gave me the confidence to persist with finding agents and publishers. "

Jonathan Haylett 1st prize, short story 2003

After winning the Bridport Short Story prize in 2003, I won the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett prize in 2005.  My novels 'Cry of the Justice Bird', and 'Black Mongoose', were published in 2007 and 2009.  Since then, I have concentrated on non-fiction, writing mostly about West Ardnamurchan: I have self-published four booklets on topics including local crofting and historical walks, and keep a blog about this beautiful area

Terry Jones 1st prize, poetry 2011

Terry writes 'Following my first prize in Bridport last year, the winning poem, 'Endowments' has appeared in The New Statesman. I'm also pleased to say that sales of my first short collection, Furious Resonance, published by Poetry Salzburg, have benefitted. Since the festival in Bridport (a brilliant weekend) I am now close to completing a second collection.

In December 2011, Terry took further poetry prizes: 1st prize in the Sentinel annual Poetry Competition for his poem, 'The Causation of the Virgin Mary in a Tipperary Barn'; 2nd prize in the Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Competition for his sonnet, 'Apparitions', with another poem taking 2nd prize in the Sentinel Quarterly poetry competition. In 2012, other poems were highly commended in The Mirehouse Competition, and the Northern Arts Water Poetry competition.  Other poems have appeared, or are due to appear in Iota magazine, The Frogmore Papers, Ambit, in the Entanglements, the anthology of ecopoetry from Two Ravens Press, and in the Robin Hood anthology.

Elizabeth Kay 3rd prize, short story 1987

I won third prize in the short story competition in 1987. I know this is a long time ago now, but it was so lovely to be taken seriously and it really did make a difference to the way I looked at my work. Since then I've had a lot of things published. The best known is the Divide trilogy, published by Chicken House, for children of 9+, which has been translated into several languages. In March 2008 Fury will be published by Barrington Stoke, and I have another one due out in 2009.


Alex Keegan 2nd prize, short story 2003

Alex writes: Although I was already writing novels my true love was the short story

I had my first Bridport success with "The Card" (4th) then managed second place with The Last Love Letter of Berwyn Philip Price which was reprinted in The Western Mail.

I then placed second again in 2003 with "The Bastard William Williams"

I'm delighted to inform you that a collection of my prize winning short stories was published in early 2009 by SALT PUBLISHING (ISBN 978-1-84471-477-3) and I have now completed two craft books: The Ballistics Handbook I & II

Dore Kiesselbach 1st prize, poetry 2009

Dore writes "My first collection, Salt Pier, containing my prizewinner, "Noninvasive," won a top U.S. first-book prize in 2011. The Bridport Prize was the beginning of something for me that I hope doesn’t end soon. "



Sara Levine 3rd prize, short story 2008

Sara Levine writes 'I just wanted to let you know my novel Treasure Island!!! is forthcoming from Tonga Books, Europa Editions in January 2012. I also have a chapbook of stories called Short Dark Oracles available from Caketrain Press:

Linda Leatherbarrow 3rd prize, short story 2001

I'm still writing short stories and in 2010 won 1st Prize in the Hay-on-Wye short story competition. I write regularly for Slightly Foxed, a literary journal and am putting together another collection of short stories. My stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4.


Kate Long runner-up, short story 2001

A year after Kate Atkinson picked my short story Wish Lists out to win a supplementary prize, I landed a two-book deal with Picador. In March 2004 my first novel, The Bad Mother's Handbook, got to number one in the Times bestseller chart, was serialised on Radio 4 and nominated for a British Book Award. The novel has now been sold to twenty-four countries and is being made into a TV film starring Catherine Tate. I’ve since had two more novels published, Swallowing Grandma and Queen Mum, and my fourth, The Daughter Game, will be published in 2007.

  "What winning a supplementary prize in The Bridport did for me - apart from being a grand day out - was to give me an important signpost that my writing was on track; a big thumbs-up from fate that I should keep going with the novels. It was especially thrilling to have my story chosen by one of my very favourite authors, Kate Atkinson".

Adam Marek 2nd prize, short story 2005 & runner-up, short story 2003

In 2011, I was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Short Story Writing. I was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2010. My first story collection, Instruction manual for swallowing, was published by Comma Press in 2007 and was nominated for the Frank O’Connor Prize. My stories have also appeared in The Sunday TimesProspect magazine, The Stinging Fly, Riptide, and in anthologies including When it changed, The new uncanny and Litmus from Comma Press,  two Bridport Prize collections and the British Council’s New Writing 15, plus on-line at and in Southword.

I’ve also recently contributed an essay on short fiction to Short Circuit: a guide to the art of the short story, from Salt publishing. I’m working on my first novel and a second story collection.


Mo McAuley runner-up, short story 2003

She has a book called 'The A - Z Man' published in June 2008. It’s available on Amazon and Waterstones websites.

Morgan McDermott runner-up, short story 2002

The Ohio State University Press and the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at OSU are pleased to announce that Morgan McDermott has been selected as the 2006 winner of The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction for his collection of short stories Owner's Manual.

The OSU Press will publish Owner's Manual in the Spring of 2007. In addition to publication, the award carries with it a cash prize of $1500

Anne McDowell runner-up, short story 2006

Anne says “Coming to Bridport as a runner up in 2006 was one of the high spots of my life, and I remember the thrill at finding out that I was a winner.

Since Bridport, I have completed two novels.  I tried to get the first, "Charity Begins with Murder", published in the traditional way, but found it difficult. I got close to being published: one agent did send the book to the crime editor at Hodder, but she didn't take it on, and the agent dropped me.  The book was longlisted for the Mslexia first novel prize, so that was very positive.  It had previously won me £50 in the Writelink first chapters competition.  However, work, and being immobilised for some time with a broken leg caused me to put the project on hold, and my book gathered dust until I read an article in Mslexia about e-publishing.  I thought I might as well give it a go, and initial responses to the Kindle version were very positive.  Then people started saying they'd love to read it, but didn't have/want a Kindle, so I published a paperback version through  The Kindle version's done pretty well, and I'm about to have a launch event at a local jazz club.

“Poisoned Pens” is my second novel, and again, I've self-published.  It's a very different book: not a murder mystery, more of a dark comedy.  It's available in paperback from

Bernie McGill runner-up, short story 2010

Bernie writes "I've just received my copy of the Bridport Anthology. It looks absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to read it. 

I've just had my first novel (The Butterfly Cabinet) published in the UK and Ireland by Headline Review. It comes out next year in translation in Italy and the Netherlands, and in the US where it will be published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster."

Hilary Menos runner-up, poetry 2008

Hilary Menos won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. In ‘Berg’, icebergs floating down the Thames jostle with transvestites in Singapore, aliens wading the Hudson River and the lively crew from the local slaughterhouse. We go shopping with Ingmar the Barbarian and watch Bernard Manning gigging at Totnes Civic Hall. Throughout, Menos brings a sophisticated sensibility to her poetry. Her subjects are seen aslant, with ironic as well as tender intentions. " … crackles with formal skill, with extraordinary, vibrant language … and with great style." - Carol Ann Duffy. "Her poems bring as powerful a sense of farm, animal and land as the best work of Ted Hughes" - PN Review. 

Her pamphlet Wheelbarrow Farm (Templar, 2010) was one of four winners of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Competition 2010. Seren will publish her second collection in 2013.


Rowland Molony 1st prize, poetry 2001 & 2nd prize, poetry 2010

In 2007 his novel, 'After the Death of Alice Bennett', was published by Oxford University Press.

Alison Moore shortlisted, short story 2008

Alison writes 'Since then, I have been shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize 2009, was awarded 1st prize in the novella category of The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes 2009, and have had stories published as a chapbook (Nightjar Press, 2010) and in various anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2011 (Salt). My first novel The Lighthouse will be published by Salt in March 2012.'

Graham Mort 1st prize, short story 2007

A collection of Graham’s short stories - 'Touch' - was published by Seren in 2010 and includes the Bridport Winning short story 'The Prince':

‘Touch’ also won the 2011 Edge Hill Prize for the best collection of short fiction published in the UK that year:  'Touch is an assure and absorbing collection, its twenty-one stories spanning twenty years of short-story writing from a master of the genre.'

Graham says “The Bridport Prize was a great help to me in publishing ‘Touch’ and that went on to win a major prize.”


Margaret Murphy runner up, short story 1998

I had already been published as a crime novelist, but had never attempted a short story - to be honest, I've always been rather daunted by the form. The story, Still Life, was inspired by Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and in another departure, was not crime fiction. Still Life was Highly Commended by the judges. Since then, I have continued to write novels and short stories in my own name, and in 2012 I was awarded the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Short Story Dagger for The Message which featured in the Murder Squad Anthology Best Eaten Cold... and other stories. I have recently been working in collaboration with a forensic scientist (Dave Barclay) on forensic crime thrillers. The first, Everyone Lies, published under the pseudonym A.D. Garrett, has been very well received and is currently in the top 20 for Kindle mysteries.

Bridport gave me the motivation to try a completely new form, and to test the boundaries of my writing skills and ambitions. It is a wonderful institution; long may it continue.

Annemarie Neary runner-up, short story 2009 & shortlisted in 2011 & 2010

Annemarie writes 'My first novel, A Parachute in the Lime Tree, will be published by The History Press Ireland in March 2012.'

Dorene O'Brien 1st prize, short story 2004

She wrote to say "Just wanted to say that winning the Bridport in 2004 has been great for me and for my writing career. My short story collection, Voices of the Lost and Found , is available June 2007. I have put together a web site Dorene O’Brien to promote the book (which includes the winning story).

K J Orr runner-up, short story 2010

K J Orr's Bridport prizewinning story ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker’ was also shortlisted for the 2011 BBC National Short Story Prize.  She says:   "Daunt Books are publishing my story 'The Inland Sea' in a beautifully designed solo edition for Christmas, which I'm thrilled about and I have another story appearing in Bio-Punk by Comma Press ... this was a commission as part of a project that encouraged collaboration between writers and scientists to engage with the future of bio-medical research through stories and essays.

In the last year I have also had stories published by The White Review, #NewWriting, and The Sunday Times Magazine online. So making progress!"

Kathy Page 1st prize, short story 1994 & runner up 1996

Winning the award in 1994 was a great boost. I think writers published, unpublished and in between need all the encouragement they can get. Since winning, I've gone on to publish two novels: Alphabet, nominated for the Governor General's Award here in Canada, and The Story of My Face, long-listed for the Orange Prize. I have continued to wrote short fiction too, and have much enjoyed writing commissioned stories for both Radio 3 and 4.

William Palmer 2nd prize, short story 2002, runner-up, poetry 1998 & 1997

William Palmer’s sixth novel, The Devil is White, will be published by Jonathan Cape in February 2013 and he has just completed a stage adaptation of his fifth novel, The India House, which is still in print in paperback from Vintage.


Mario Petrucci 1st prize, poetry 1999 & runner-up, poetry 2000

“Capturing the winning slot with Negatives (composed in those first nervy days of my residency at the Imperial War Museum) provided a booster rocket in that long, deep-space journey many writers endure: of feeling they might just have permission to place themselves somewhere among the literary constellations. Something in my poem had seized the judge's attention across the starless divide of anonymity, thereby reaching thousands of observers. I've since had several near misses, including a prose long listing (2007); but Negatives continues to spread its dark petals at the heart of my most recent collection, Flowers of Sulphur (Enitharmon). Of course, poetry isn't ever about awards; but there's nothing wrong with aiming (quietly, linguistically) for the moon. Bridport 1999 was a temporary protractor and slide-rule to help me gauge the trajectory, and required power, of my work.”

Ellie Phillips runner-up, short story 2004 & shortlisted in 2006

Ellie says "I'm about to have my first Young Adult book published by Egmont (Electric Monkey). My book is called Dads, Geeks and Blue-Haired Freaks and the sequel is due out in 2013. 

Being a runner-up at Bridport gave me a big confidence boost. Short stories are a great way to experiment with your voice and sending your writing into a competition is a great way of acknowledging to yourself that you're a writer without actually having to tell anyone! 

So thank you!"

Ian Pindar runner-up, poetry 2010

Ian’s collection ‘Emporium’ has been shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2012. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem).

Wayne Price 2nd prize, short story 2010, runner-up poetry 2007 & runner-up, short story 2005

His first short story collection Furnace was launched by Freight Books on 22nd Feb 2012  and it's currently longlisted for the Frank O'Connor prize. He says: "I was busy on the poetry front in 2011, too, winning the Torbay Comp', the 2011-12 Yorkshire Open and the overall poetry category of the Brit Writers' Awards. It was quite an exciting year!"

Jane Rusbridge runner-up, short story 2003

Her novel ‘The Devil's Music’ was published in July 2009 by Bloomsbury, with whom she has a two-book deal. The central character in the short story, which won the prize, wouldn't leave her alone, and The Devil's Music grew from that story! 
Jane says "Winning a Bridport Prize gave me so much encouragement."

Her second novel ‘Rook’ is published in July 2012

Anthea Simmons shortlisted, poetry 2009

Her first collection, 'Pig Nuts and Peacocks', is published by. rufus books, Canada/Ireland/UK

Laura Solomon runner-up, short story 2005 & 2004

Laura Solomon has a 2.1 in English Literature (Victoria University, 1997) and a Masters degree in Computer Science (University of London, 2003). Her books include Black Light, Nothing Lasting, Alternative Medicine, An Imitation of Life, Instant Messages, The Theory of Networks, Operating Systems, Hilary and David, In Vitro and The Shingle Bar Taniwha and Other Stories. She has won prizes in Bridport, Edwin Morgan, Ware Poets, Willesden Herald, Mere Literary Festival, and Essex Poetry Festival competitions. She was short-listed for the 2009 Virginia Prize and won the 2009 Proverse Prize. She has had work accepted in the Edinburgh Review and Wasafiri (UK), Takahe and Landfall (NZ). She has judged the Sentinel Quarterly Short Story Competition.

Paul Stephenson highly commended, poetry 2011

Paul says “In terms of what has happened since, well most significantly, I had 9 poems included in the recent experimental anthology ‘Adventures in Form’ (Penned in the Margins), which was reviewed in the TLS, was a special commendation by the PBS, and also one of 50 top summer reads in the Independent. One of my poems got mentioned specifically in the TLS review.

Also since Bridport, I have won third prize in the Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2012 (Mimi Khalvati), was highly commended and commended in the Norwich Writer’s Circle 41st Annual Open Poetry Competition 2012 (Helen Mort), and commended in the Ware Open Poetry Competition 2012 (Dean Parkin). Plus, a poem in the last issue of The Rialto.

I hope to have a first collection in a couple of years but in the meantime keep plugging away…


Anne Stewart 1st prize, poetry 2008 & runner-up, poetry 2010

Since winning the Bridport Prize in 2008, Anne Stewart’s poetry has been placed in several competitions, anthologies and journals. Just a few – Prizes: Winner, Southport Poetry Competition 2009; Runner-up, the Bridport Prize 2010; long-listing (top 130), the National Poetry Competition 2011. Anthologies: ‘Said and Done’, Brittle Star, 2011; ‘A Twist of Malice’ and ‘Get Me Out of Here!’ Grey Hen Press 2008 and 2011. Journals: South, The French Literary Review, The Frogmore Papers, ARTEMISpoetry, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Ariadne’s Thread. Her first collection ‘The Janus Hour’ was published by Oversteps Books in 2010.

Christopher Stocks runner-up, poetry 2007

Christopher writes:  “My first book, Forgotten Fruits, was published by Random House in May 2008; it's had great reviews, and was subsequently chosen by Monty Don as his favourite book of the year. Forgotten Fruits was also shortlisted for the 2008 André Simon awards (they're the leading UK food-and-drink book awards now that the Glenfiddich Award no longer exists) and the 2009 Guild of Food Writers awards. A paperback edition was published this spring.

As a result of its success, Random House have commissioned me to write a second book, this time a kind of social history of British forests, which I have just begun to research, and which is due for publication in spring 2011.”

David Swann 3rd prize, short story 2003, runner-up, short story 1996 & 2000, runner-up, poetry 2005 & 2008, shortlisted many times!

He said "All five stories (one of them re-titled) were included in my debut short story collection 'The Last Days of Johnny North', published by Elastic Press of Norwich in January, 2006."

"The Bridport Prize helps writers when approaching publishers. It proves that you have a track record. Success in the competition has given my life a real boost, and I'm grateful to all the helpers (e.g. readers) who do such a wonderful, invisible job behind the scenes.”

Christian Ward highly commended, poetry 2011 & shortlisted, poetry 2009, 2010 & 2011

Christian Ward writes 'I wanted to let you know about some of my successes since being shortlisted. I won first prize in the 2010 East Riding Open Poetry Competition, first in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition (April), highly commended in the 2010 Yeovil Prize and was shortlisted for the 2010 Arvon International Poetry Competition.”

It has come to our attention that the poem, The Egret, which won a highly commended prize in 2011, is a direct copy of a poem published by the Australian poet, Debbie Lim, in 2009.  An explanation for this has been asked of Christian Ward.  We have informed Debbie Lim and given our apologies.

Malcolm Watson 3rd prize, poetry 2004

Malcolm Watson says “I won 3rd prize in the Bridport a long time ago in 2004 (judge, Paul Farley) with a poem called Sub.  I well remember your lovely telephone call congratulating me and telling me I'd just won £500!  My wife and I were dancing around the hall...  

As for subsequent literary achievements, I'm glad to say there have been a few.  Apart from prizes in the Hull Open, the Yorkshire Open, the Ware Open and the Peterloo, I won second prize in the Middlesex University Literary Awards in 2005 and commendations in the National Poetry Competitions of 2006 and 2008 and in the English Association Fellows Prize of 2007.  

I won first prize in the Basil Bunting Poetry Awards in 2010, first prize in the Stafford Poetry Competition of 2011, and first prize in the Cardiff International Competition 2011.  This year, I won second prize in Magma Poetry Magazine's inaugural Poetry Competition celebrating its 50th issue, and last weekend, first prize in the Larkin and East Riding Poetry Prize 2012.  


Liza Wieland 3rd prize, short story 2007

Liza writes 'I wanted to tell you that my novel A Watch of Nightingales was selected as the winner of the Michigan Literary Fiction Award and will be published by The University of Michigan Press next year. An excerpt from the novel won the Indiana Review fiction prize.' 

Corinna Weyreter 1st prize, short story 1998

Corinna’s book ‘Far Out: Sailing into a Disappearing World’ has just been published (2012) by Boathooks Books, an imprint of Sunpenny Publishing.


Hilary Wilce runner up, short story 2008

'I was a runner up in 2008, and since then have been runner up in the 2009 Mslexia Short Story Competition,  in the 2010 Asham Award, the 2012 Fish Short Story Prize, and have just had a story published -- 'I Once Knew Salman Rushdie'  -- in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology.'

Like mine, your inner critic may say it's not worth entering a big competition like The Bridport. But honing work for entry is instructive in itself, and if it then survives such a barrage of keen-eyed readers, and goes on to meet more, it makes those otherwise lonely months and years worthwhile. Go poem!

Julia Deakin (UK) 3rd prize, poetry competition 2015

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