Our Partners

Our partners include: 

A M Heath represent a broad range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, biographers, and children's authors.  A.M. Heath receive the Bridport Prize shortlisted stories each year and are partners in delivering the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.

“We think the prize always throws up fantastic writers and it has great standing within the literary world.”  Euan Thorneycroft, A. M. Heath

 

TLC LogoThe Literary Consultancy is the UK’s first and leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service providing expert, market-aware editorial appraisal and help to writers at all levels. They are partners in delivering the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.


 The Book Shop , Bridport’s independent book store, has been at heart of the town for forty years. Owner Antonia Squire generously sponsors The Dorset Award which is given annually to the highest placed writer from Dorset in the competition.

The 2018 Dorset Award was presented to Bridport writer Simon Middleton for his poem ‘Space was a material’.

 

Bridport Arts Centre is a creative arts organisation at the heart of the West Dorset community, reaching out to inspire, engage and entertain.

The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded by Peggy Chapman-Andrews in 1973, the same year Bridport Arts Centre was opened, as a way of raising funds to support the Arts Centre's work. It has grown to become the Arts Centre's flagship project and still raises vital funds each year to support the continuation of their work.  

Mary-Anne HarringtonMary-Anne Harrington is Publisher of Tinder Press, Headline’s literary imprint, which she co-founded in 2013.  Her authors include Maggie O’Farrell, winner of the Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times bestseller; Guy Gunaratne, who was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize;  Eowyn Ivey, a Sunday Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize Finalist; and Lesley Nneka Arimah, Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

 

"When I saw my novel Half Of You on the long-list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, it felt miraculous that my work had been plucked from a vast sea of words.

And then, reaching the short-list under the scrutiny of such eminent judges was even harder to believe. What an enormous thrill it was to receive my invitation to the prize-giving lunch and then to meet so many inspiring writers there.

I am still in the throes of a first draft, but reaching the short-list has given me a level of faith in the story that spurs me on. Any new writer looking for a way to energise their novel should simply start preparing an entry to the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award."

 

Carolyn Kirby (UK) short-listed in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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