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 2018, the Award was presented to Simon Middleton from Bridport for his poetry entry 'Space was a Material'. 

Simon Middleton’s work has previously been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and featured in the 2007 Bridport Prize Junior Anthology. His poetry appears in such publications as IOTA, Envoi, Firewords Quarterly, The Cadaverine, and Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. He lives in Bridport with his wife and two children.

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

“To be recognised in a prize as major as the Bridport did wonders for my confidence as a writer. This was the first story of mine to be published, and to see it bound in the pages of a real, physical book, nestled alongside so many incredible story writers and poets, was an incredible feeling that I’ll always be grateful for”.

Colin Walsh (Belgium) Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

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