The Dorset Award

The Dorset Award was established in 2007 to recognise the achievement of the writer from Dorset placed highest in the competition. It can be awarded across any of the four competition categories.

In 2019, the Award was presented to Maria Donovan from Bridport for her flash fiction entry 'Aftermath'. 

Maria Donovan enjoys learning languages and writing fiction. Her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, was a finalist for the Dundee International Book Prize and runner-up in the Dorchester Literature Festival Writing Prize 2019. Maria grew up in Bridport before moving to the Netherlands, where she trained as a nurse. She travelled around Europe as a musician and performer, studied English at the University of Glamorgan, and worked as a teacher there, becoming a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. She now lives back home in Bridport and is writing full time: mainly flash fiction, short stories and her second novel.

The Award is generously sponsored by The Book Shop, Bridport's independent book store and we thank them for their ongoing support.

Over the last 20 years the Bridport Prize has been the most important poetry competition for bringing new and undiscovered voices to the public's attention and to the attention of the judges of the Forward Prize.

William Sieghart, Forward Poetry Prizes

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