Welcome to the Bridport Prize

A category for everyone

Poetry Prize

poetry Competiton

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language”. W.H. Auden

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Short Story Prize

short story writing competition

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” Edgar Allan Poe

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The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” Doris Lessing

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Flash Fiction Prize

Flash Fiction Prize

“Brevity is the sister of talent.” Anton Chekhov

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"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

Meet the Judges

Naomi Wood
Hollie McNish
Kirsty Logan
Kirsty Logan
Read about our Judges

A Helping Hand

Writing tips

Sometimes the hardest thing is to find a starting point.

A selection of resources we hope you'll find useful.

In the news

Isabel Ashdown

“My first ever pre-publication writing award was a for a poem which won runner-up in this competition. The anthology gave me my first taste of being published & some real self-belief.

Naomi Wood's room

"What to do with my free time. Read or clean. I don’t want to answer it every day with housework. I did not finish my third novel in between two kids by being house-proud". Naomi Wood, our First Novel Award judge ponders on the urge to tidy up versus getting on with some actual writing n this blog written specially for the Bridport Prize.

Kit de Waal

The first success I ever had with my writing was an Honorary Mention (note the capital letters) in the Fish Prize for Flash Fiction in 2014.  It was the first thing I’d ever sent out and getting an

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