The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the UK, and I was thrilled and delighted –as well as amazed- when I got a phone call to say that I'd won. I was particularly pleased because the judge, Roger McGough, is a fellow-Liverpudlian whose work I've admired since childhood. Writing is a lonely business, always with that uneasy feeling that the finished product may not be worth the effort expended on it. So winning a competition like the Bridport is a huge boost to the confidence, a validation and acknowledgement of your work that encourages you to go on writing. It's both a humbling and enriching experience. I met some truly inspirational writers at the Bridport Arts Centre, as well as the wonderful, generously-spirited organisers who make the whole thing possible. Entering competitions has always been a 'road travelled in hope' rather than with any expectation of arriving at the finishing line. So to other writers I'd say: go for it. You may just win!
Kathy Miles (UK) first prize, poetry competition 2015