The Competition

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.

To enter online, you will first need to register for an account on the site. You only need to register once.

Writers with accounts on the old website do not need to re-register.

You can log in to your account using the same password and username. 

If you have any issues accessing your account please contact victoria@bridportprize.org.uk

You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages. We recommend that writers read these before submitting their work.

“The first time I was short listed in the Bridport prize in 2005, I was elated. Writers write to be read, and my story had somehow managed to connect with a reader; someone “got” what I was trying to do. My work was shortlisted again in 2010, 2011 and then in 2012 I was chosen by the judge, Patrick Gale, to win second prize. This spurred me on hugely. Every time someone rates your work, it affirms your efforts. Writing is otherwise a time consuming and lonely occupation.

In 2013 one of my stories, “The Coffin Gate”, was commissioned for broadcast on radio 4 and I’m sure that was directly related to the Bridport success. In 2016 another of my stories was short listed in the Bridport Prize, and in 2017 I won a highly commended for “The Cockerel”.  The characters and action in this story became part of a chapter of my novel, Magnetism, which is published by Myriad Editions. The Bridport is a very well respected competition. Publishers pay attention to success”.

Ruth Figgest (UK) Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

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