Welcome to the Bridport Prize

We are delighted to announce the results and shortlists for the 2019 competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridport Prize is Now Closed

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A category for everyone

Poetry Prize

poetry Competiton

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language”. W.H. Auden

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Short Story Prize

short story writing competition

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” Edgar Allan Poe

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The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” Doris Lessing

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Flash Fiction Prize

Flash Fiction Prize

“Brevity is the sister of talent.” Anton Chekhov

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'Before I entered the Bridport Peggy-Chapman First Novel Award, I had written two novels that went nowhere. ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’ is my third novel, and I submitted my then-unfinished manuscript to the prize with low expectations. I told myself that if it got as far as the longlist, I would take it as a sign to continue writing. What an unexpected and wonderful surprise it was then to learn, months afterwards, that my novel had won the award. Meeting the judges, the prize organisers and fellow writers at the awards ceremony was a lovely and affirming experience, and one that motivated me to keep writing.’

 

Deepa Anappara (UK) winner, the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, 2017

Meet the Judges

Naomi Wood
Hollie McNish
Kirsty Logan
Kirsty Logan
Read about our Judges

A Helping Hand

Writing tips

Sometimes the hardest thing is to find a starting point.

A selection of resources we hope you'll find useful.

In the news

Isabel Ashdown

“My first ever pre-publication writing award was a for a poem which won runner-up in this competition. The anthology gave me my first taste of being published & some real self-belief.

Naomi Wood's room

"What to do with my free time. Read or clean. I don’t want to answer it every day with housework. I did not finish my third novel in between two kids by being house-proud". Naomi Wood, our First Novel Award judge ponders on the urge to tidy up versus getting on with some actual writing n this blog written specially for the Bridport Prize.

Kit de Waal

The first success I ever had with my writing was an Honorary Mention (note the capital letters) in the Fish Prize for Flash Fiction in 2014.  It was the first thing I’d ever sent out and getting an

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