Checklist

Entry Checklist

Do

- read the rules and entry requirements before you submit. These can be downloaded at www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/writing-competition

- watch the short 'How the enter the Bridport Prize' video - it’s a simple step-by-step guide www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/writing-competition

- get in touch with us well before the deadline if you have any questions. For submission / website enquiries victoria@bridportprize.org.uk and for anything else kate@bridportprize.org.uk  We are here to help you.

- check your spam box if your account password doesn’t arrive - this is probably where it’s hiding. If not, contact Victoria.

- double check you have the right version of your poem / story / novel ready to upload - we know writers often have multiple versions of their work. You won’t be able to make any amendments or ‘swap' versions once you have submitted

 

Don’t

 - worry if you forgot to put the word or line count on your entry. You will not be disqualified for this.

- forget to include a 300 word synopsis with your novel. The judges will have no idea of where your novel is going unless you include it. Read the guide on 'How To Write A Synopsis' from our partners The Literary Consultancy.

- leave it to the last minute to submit. We appreciate writers want to send in the most polished version of their work, but we can only answer so many questions at 11.30pm next Friday! (although be assured, we will all still be working then and dealing with enquiries)

- panic if your 'confirmation of entry' email doesn’t come through straight away - the site does run more slowly when hundreds of people are submitting at the same time. You can log in and check your order history on your account. All submitted entries will be listed there in date order.

- worry if your postal entry cheque hasn’t been cashed yet or card payment taken. We open the postal entries in batches with our volunteers. The next session will be on 25th May and then on 4th June.

"When I took the phone call telling me I'd won the Bridport prize for my first novel, I was so excited I walked with the phone out of the front door and into the street where I paced up and down, beaming. My living room wasn't big enough to hold my excitement.

Within a month of attending the lovely prize-giving event in Dorset I was signed up with the literary agency A M Heath. I am now working with 'my agent' (what a wonderful thing to be able to write!) and The Literary Consultancy (who, along with A M Heath, sponsor the Bridport), to hone my novel with the aim of getting it published.

The Bridport win means many things: validation of my work, an accolade that is recognised by other writers and those in the publishing industry, sponsorship to work with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy and, more than all of this, it allows me, after two decades of creative writing, to feel able to call myself a writer. That is the most precious thing of all."

 

S.M. Misra (UK) – 1st prize winner, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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