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.

 

"This has been a seismic boost to my self-confidence as a writer. I am very conscious of the high reputation of the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and to be selected as the runner-up from such a large pool of ardent first novelists, was as surprising as it was affirming.

My challenging manuscript assessment from The Literary Consultancy has given me just the direction I need to hone and improve "Orphaned Leaves" for submission to agents in 2017. This was a such an amazingly useful prize to receive. It's given me so much to build upon.

I particularly appreciated the one-to-one advice I received from the judges of the competition after the presentations. One of the long standing traditions of the Bridport organisers is the calibre and high profile of the judges they select, yet without exception they were all so approachable and down to earth.

"When I am asked what is my enduring feeling towards the Bridport experience, the answer is simple: it is gratitude".

 

Christopher Holt (UK) Runner-up, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel 2016

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