Welcome to the Bridport Prize

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award shortlist 2018

Congratulations to the authors of the following novels which have been selected for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel shortlist for 2018:


The Messenger

The Illustrated Child

The Tin Face Parade

We are Wolves


Thank you so much to all the writers who entered the novel award this year


The full competition results will be published online on 22 October.

The 2018 competiton is now closed but the competition for 2019 will be launched on 15 November.



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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“Writing can often feel like stumbling around in the dark, but being highly commended for poetry in the Bridport Prize 2017 gave me a huge confidence boost that I was on the right track. To be recognised in such a prestigious, world-renowned competition; to have my work read by the great Lemn Sissay and to be described publicly for the first time as 'a poet' - each has inspired me to write more than I've ever written before. Without getting a nod from Bridport, I might not have had the confidence to put together a full poetry collection for the first time. It has proved the galvanising force I needed to throw off the shackles of self-doubt and say proudly that yes - I am a writer”. 

Victoria Richards (UK) Highly Commended, poetry competition 2017

Meet the Judges

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

Terry Warren's wet notebook

"My 2017 Bridport Prize entry ‘Buttercups’ was mostly roughed out in indecipherable biro scrawl on the inside of my forearm whilst out walking. Clearly this is not a particularly efficient method of note-taking.."

Terry Warren won the Flash Fiction competition and the Dorset Award in 2017. In this blog he tells of four things he has leant about being a writer since his win.

Aki Schilz

We’ve all heard of boosting creativity, but when I talk about managing it, writers often react with suspicion; something like creativity can’t (oughtn’t!) be managed, surely?

Daljit Nagra

Perhaps what we look for in a good piece of literature is to know the writer has put their shoulders against the great wheel of kind, thoughtful words that are well mannered and politely phrased.

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