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General Rules

Poems:  42 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count.  Lines between text/stanzas are not counted.

Short stories:  5000 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count.

Flash fiction:  250 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count.

All entries are judged anonymously:  do not include your name on the document.

All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.  However, we do not recommend poems and stories written for children.

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

The deadline date for postal entries is 5 pm (UK time), online entries 12 midnight (UK time) on Saturday 31st May 2018 (entries postmarked 31st May but received later will be accepted).



The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English,  16 years old or over at the time of the closing date.

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.

Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any other competition.

If your entry has been longlisted or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for the Bridport Prize.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the prizegiving date; entry fees will not be refunded.  You must inform the Bridport Prize immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.



£9 for each submitted flash fiction

£10 for each submitted poem

£12 for each submitted short story


Entry Format

Entries must be in English.

Postal entries must be typed; single sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a staple. Each entry to be on a new sheet.

Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of the first page.

Short stories to be double-spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page.

Flash fiction to be double-spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.

The filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.

Entries are not returned, keep a copy.

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 ensure that you use the correct postage.  If insufficient postage is used, the Bridport Prize will not pay the additional postage required and the entry will be returned by the Post Office.

Detailed entry instructions 


Receipt of entry

Postal entries - enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.

Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to WorldPay or PayPal plus an email from the Bridport Prize.

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

Overseas entrants: please send an international reply coupon from your Post Office rather than stamps.



To receive the judges' reports (on winning entries only) and full results in October 2018 - enclose an A5 stamped addressed envelope marked 'RESULTS'.

Overseas entrants: please send an international reply coupon from your Post Office rather than stamps or check the website for list of winners after 19th October.



Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Bridport Prize will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories, (including runners up), in the annual anthology and any relevant promotional material.



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

Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

Judging is fair and unbiased. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists.

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



The Bridport Prize will award the following prizes:

Poem: 1st prize  £5,000, 2nd prize  £1,000, 3rd prize  £500, Highly Commended  10 x £50

Short story: 1st prize  £5,000, 2nd prize  £1,000, 3rd prize  £500, Highly Commended  10 x £50

Flash fiction: 1st prize  £1,000, 2nd prize  £500, 3rd prize  £250, Highly Commended  3 x £50


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.





Terms and Conditions

for the Bridport Prize Store, in partnership with The Book Shop, South Street, Bridport

Please read these conditions carefully before ordering any produces from the Bridport Prize store.  You should understand that by ordering any products from the Bridport Prize store you agree to be bound by these conditions, 
and you are at least 18 years old.


Statutory Rights

Please note, the following Terms and Conditions do not affect your statutory rights as a consumer, as required by the which? Web Traders Code of Practice.


Order information

We display all prices for the items, delivery, and other services clearly on the website. If, by mistake, we have underpriced an item we are not liable to sell you the item at that price (provided we have not already informed you that the item has been dispatched).

Subject to errors, all the information and prices on this website are correct at time of order. If we need to change the cost of your order, we will contact you by email to confirm that you want to continue. You can, of course, cancel the order if you wish.



No goods will be transferred until paid for in full by credit or debit card via our payment providers.


Fulfilment and delivery

If you are ordering more than one item, you should be aware that they will be delivered in one consignment and only sent when all items are available. We dispatch books via 2nd Class Royal Mail, please allow 3-5 working days.


Delivery charges  

Postage is additional for all items,  the charges are: 

UK                              £3.00 + £1.50 per title

Europe                       £4.50 + £1.50 per title

USA & Canada        £4.50 + £3.00 per title

ROW                          £6.00 + £3.00 per title



You can cancel your contract at any time up to seven working days after the day of delivery. To do this, please e-mail or write to us. If you cancel you must return the goods to us at your own expense. This cancellation policy does not affect your legal rights – for example, if goods are faulty or misdescribed.



We guarantee your satisfaction and will replace or refund any item that is damaged, within 30 days from receipt of goods. We would ask, however, that should you receive damaged goods you contact us, (books@bridportprize.org.uk), within 24 hours of receipt of goods in order that we can deal with the problem efficiently and effectively. We will completely refund the full price of your order and delivery charge if you are not satisfied with the goods you received.

To the full extent permitted by law, you agree that neither the Bridport Prize or The Bookshop, nor its directors, partners or employees are liable for any damages arising out of use or in connection with the content, information, materials or products of this website.

We do not accept any liability for direct or indirect damages, any loss of data, income or profit or damage to property and third party claims, from the use of this site. However we do not limit our liability for death or personal injury, if it arises as a result of our negligence.



There will be no contract of any kind between you and us unless and until we actually inform you that the goods are available. At any point up until then, we may decline to supply the goods to you without giving any reason. At the moment that we inform you that the goods are available (and not before), a contract will be made between you and us.


General Terms & Conditions

If any of these Terms and Conditions is held by any court of competent authority to be unlawful, invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, this will not affect the validity of the remaining Terms and Conditions which will continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

All information received by us from your use of the Bridport Prize website will be collected and used in accordance with our privacy policy.

The Competition Rules and Terms and Conditions will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England, Wales and Scotland. 


Giveaway Terms and Conditions

• 1. Prize draw open to all Bridport Prize entrants submitting competition entries during March 2019 either online or by post.

• 2. The two winners will each receive a bundle of books supplied by 2019 competition judges and the Bridport Prize.

• 3. No cash alternative is available.

• 4. Incomplete or illegible entries or those not made in accordance with the rules of the Bridport Prize competition are invalid.

• 5. The winners will be drawn at random on 1 April 2019. If the winners cannot be contacted within 7 days the Bridport Prize reserves the right to reallocate the prize awarded, to the next randomly drawn entry.

• 6. The winners names and country of residence will be published on (www.bridportprize.org.uk) Facebook and Twitter.

• 7. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

• 8. The promoter reserves the right to amend the rules of the draw or cancel it.

• 9. By entering you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

• 10. Promoter: Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, DT6 3NR.


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"Writing is a solitary business, and winning a prize for a story breaks into that. It means I've connected. Instantly I want to connect again. And I want to do better than I've done.

"A story prize is an invitation to keep writing, and to join storytellers everywhere. What a crowd! So I'm back to reading a lot more, trying to learn from others, see what they've done, dumbstruck sometimes at the nearly miraculous attention, tenderness, understanding and mettle. I aspire!"


Kathleen Donkin (USA) 2nd prize, Short Story competition 2016

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