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.
 

In addition to cash prizes, placed winners  (1st, 2nd & 3rd prize), Highly Commended winners and the twenty writers long-listed for the novel award are published in the Bridport Prize anthologies each October. 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 2019.

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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:

"When I took the phone call telling me I'd won the Bridport prize for my first novel, I was so excited I walked with the phone out of the front door and into the street where I paced up and down, beaming. My living room wasn't big enough to hold my excitement.

Within a month of attending the lovely prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A M Heath. I am now working with 'my agent' (what a wonderful thing to be able to write!) and The Literary Consultancy (who, along with A M Heath, sponsor the Bridport), to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published.

The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all."

 

S.M. Misra (UK) – 1st prize winner, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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