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.

"LOL was the first short story I had ever written, so coming 3rd in something as prestigious as the Bridport Prize was amazing!  It’s quite a quirky story and finding that other people enjoyed it gave me a real boost.  I guess it’s about having confidence in your own voice - that you aren’t just writing for yourself and laughing at your own jokes.  The prize winners' day was also magical.  I spent the whole day in a happy bubble and glowed for weeks afterwards."

Helen Morris, UK, third prize, short story competition 2015

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