writing competition

Writing Competition

ABOUT THE PRIZE
 
We're an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.
 

As well as cash prizes, all winners are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names. 

Past judges include Ali Smith, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, U A Fanthorpe, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and Tracy Chevalier.

For your chance to win get your entries to us by 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2018.

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ENTERING
 

We know by the time you get here a huge amount of work and thought has been put into your writing, so we want to make the submission process as straightforward as possible.

You can submit your poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition by clicking on the category pages. All entries are judged anonymously.

You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages. 

Watch our 'How to Enter' video below for step by step guidance on submitting your entry:

"This has been a seismic boost to my self-confidence as a writer. I am very conscious of the high reputation of the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and to be selected as the runner-up from such a large pool of ardent first novelists, was as surprising as it was affirming.

My challenging manuscript assessment from The Literary Consultancy has given me just the direction I need to hone and improve "Orphaned Leaves" for submission to agents in 2017. This was a such an amazingly useful prize to receive. It's given me so much to build upon.

I particularly appreciated the one-to-one advice I received from the judges of the competition after the presentations. One of the long standing traditions of the Bridport organisers is the calibre and high profile of the judges they select, yet without exception they were all so approachable and down to earth.

"When I am asked what is my enduring feeling towards the Bridport experience, the answer is simple: it is gratitude".

 

Christopher Holt (UK) Runner-up, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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