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.

'Before I entered the Bridport Peggy-Chapman First Novel Award, I had written two novels that went nowhere. ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’ is my third novel, and I submitted my then-unfinished manuscript to the prize with low expectations. I told myself that if it got as far as the longlist, I would take it as a sign to continue writing. What an unexpected and wonderful surprise it was then to learn, months afterwards, that my novel had won the award. Meeting the judges, the prize organisers and fellow writers at the awards ceremony was a lovely and affirming experience, and one that motivated me to keep writing.’

 

Deepa Anappara (UK) winner, the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, 2017

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