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Polly Crosby

Polly CrosbyPolly Crosby, first novel award runner up in 2018 has just shared some wonderful news with us. Her Bridport Prize novel, “The Illustrated Child” will be published in the summer of 2020 as part of a two-book deal with Harper Collins in the UK and Park Row Books in the US. Her next novel is due out in the summer of 2021.

Polly had this to say “The last couple of years have been a whirlwind: understanding what it is to write a novel: seeing little pieces of plot and character come together and feeling a sort of pride in my work that ultimately led me trying to get it published.


The Bridport Prize was a huge part of that process. It made me take myself seriously as a writer and meant people in the publishing world started taking me seriously too. It was ultimately the Bridport win that made me throw caution to the wind and contact my agent, Juliet Mushens, even though I was in awe of her, because I realised that, actually, I had a good story!

 I am extremely grateful to you and all at the Bridport Prize for such an opportunity, and the prizegiving was such a special day (and the first time I read my novel to an audience. What an opportunity!).”

“I have entered the Bridport Prize numerous times, and encourage every writer I meet to do the same. Being shortlisted way back when I first started out gave me a huge boost, and placing third in 2017, more than a decade later, was even more satisfying.”

Ben Hinshaw (USA) 3rd Prize, short story competition 2017

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