What we do

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The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize is an international competition looking to find the best new writing from across the globe each year. The competition has four categories:

Short Stories
Flash Fiction

We aim to:

  • Launch and promote new writing
  • Provide opportunities for all writers through open submission
  • Explore and develop new opportunities for writers
  • Give access to new writing through the anthology
  • Support the aims of and raise funds for Bridport Arts Centre 

We think great writing deserves great prizes so we offer our winners the following:

For poetry and short stories

1st £5,000 | 2nd £1,000 | 3rd £500

& Highly Commended 10 x £100

For Flash Fiction

1st £1,000 | 2nd £500 | 3rd £250

& Highly Commended 3 x £100

For the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

1st £1,000 plus up to a year's mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse mentoring scheme (worth £2,340) and a critique from the judge.

Runner-up £500 plus a full manuscript appraisal and a place on an Industry Day from The Literary Consultancy.

Shortlisted writers 3 x £100 plus a 50-page manuscript appraisal (redeemable against a full read if desired) plus a place on an Industry Day.


In addition we publish an annual anthology of the winning and highly commended poems, short stories and flash fiction stories. The opening chapters of the winning and runner-up novel are published on our website.

A prize-giving ceremony for all the winning writers and their guests is held at Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset. This year's event will be held on Saturday 20 October.

Each category has its own page (Poetry / Short Stories / Flash Fiction / Novels) where you can download the rules and entry instructions to read before you submit. You can also read there about this year's judges.

Our closing date is 31 May each year.

Winners and shortlisted writers are contacted by email in September.

The day I got the email to say I had received a Highly Commended Prize for my poem from the Bridport Arts Centre was like finding the caramel sweet in the box of Cadbury’s Roses, after years of getting the slightly yucky orange, strawberry and coffee ones.

We decided to make hay while the sun shone and make the journey from Ireland to attend the prize-giving, we packed up Granny, 3 year old and husband and hit the sky and road early on the day of the big event. We were all so delighted we did, the lunch and presentations were just lovely, we were made to feel so welcome. It was a real treat to hear the judges and prizewinners speak and read from their work, forget the Roses we were having fancy posh chocolate now.

Maresa Sheehan, (Ireland) Highly Commended, poetry competition 2017

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