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Polly Crosby

Polly CrosbyPolly Crosby, first novel award runner up in 2018 has just shared some wonderful news with us. Her Bridport Prize novel, “The Illustrated Child” will be published in the summer of 2020 as part of a two-book deal with Harper Collins in the UK and Park Row Books in the US. Her next novel is due out in the summer of 2021.

Polly had this to say “The last couple of years have been a whirlwind: understanding what it is to write a novel: seeing little pieces of plot and character come together and feeling a sort of pride in my work that ultimately led me trying to get it published.


The Bridport Prize was a huge part of that process. It made me take myself seriously as a writer and meant people in the publishing world started taking me seriously too. It was ultimately the Bridport win that made me throw caution to the wind and contact my agent, Juliet Mushens, even though I was in awe of her, because I realised that, actually, I had a good story!

 I am extremely grateful to you and all at the Bridport Prize for such an opportunity, and the prizegiving was such a special day (and the first time I read my novel to an audience. What an opportunity!).”

"What's most impressive about the event itself is the variety of voices as the winners read their poems and stories. With work represented from around the world, the effect is spellbinding. I will definitely enter again and make the Anthology a regular purchase."

Mark Fiddes (UK) 2nd prize, poetry competition 2015

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