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The Bridport Prize is one of the most  prestigious awards in the literary world, so you’re in good company.

Whether you’re writing poetry, a short story, flash fiction or a novel, we can’t wait to read your words.

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Poetry is soul music

Write 42 incredible lines about absolutely anything
£5,000 first prize

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Short stories that linger

5,000 impossible to forget words
£5,000 first prize

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Fiction in a flash

250 words that tell a story in seconds
£1,000 first prize

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Your novel idea

Book your place on the bestsellers list
£1,500 first prize

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For writers everywhere

We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.

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I have enormously fond memories of the Bridport Prize. It gave me one of the first affirmations that I could write. The story I wrote for the competition was the first time I felt I found that elusive thing – my ‘voice’. Without the Bridport Prize I would probably not have found my agent and quite possibly wouldn’t have written Behind the Scenes at the Museum so I have a lot to be thankful to it for.

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Meet the Judges

Monique Roffey

Novel Award Judge

Monique Roffey is an award winning Trinidadian born British writer of novels, essays, literary journalism and a memoir. Her most recent novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree Press) won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2020 and was nominated for seven major awards.

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Inua Ellams

Poetry Judge

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a touring poet, playwright and performer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and his books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and The Half-God of Rainfall – an epic story in verse.

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Kathy Fish

Flash Fiction Judge

Kathy Fish has published five collections of short fiction including Wild Life: Collected Works 2003-2018. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, Washington Square Review, and numerous other journals, textbooks and anthologies.

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Tim Pears

Short Story Judge

Tim Pears left school at sixteen and had many jobs including trainee welder, assistant librarian, fruit picker, nursing assistant and builder. All the time he was writing. He eventually became a short story writer, film maker and novelist.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink

Memoir Judge

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love, A Manual for Heartache, Dear Reader and Everyone is Still Alive. Her latest book Write It All Down: How to put your life on the page is published in January 2022.

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