Entry Checklist


- read the rules and entry requirements before you submit. These can be downloaded at

- watch the short 'How the enter the Bridport Prize' video - it’s a simple step-by-step guide

- get in touch with us well before the deadline if you have any questions. For submission / website enquiries and for anything else  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



 - 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.

"It was nothing short of amazing to win 3rd Prize in the Bridport. I often 'write in the dark' with no audience - so winning was affirmation that I'm not only a writer but a good writer at that.

The Bridport Prize IS a big deal, I mean a really BIG deal because it's an internationally renowned and recognised prize so winning meant that my writing is 'good enough' not just nationally but globally. Since my win I've started looking for an agent and possible publishers for my work. Winning the Bridport Prize has given me the confidence I lacked and the inspiration and encouragement I needed - yes, I've got my mojo working. Expect to see me in print!!"


Jacquelyn Shreeves-Lee (UK), 3rd Prize, Flash Fiction Competition 2017

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