writing competition

Writing Competition

ABOUT THE PRIZE
 
We're an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novels.
 

In addition to cash prizes, placed winners  (1st, 2nd & 3rd prize), Highly Commended winners and the twenty writers long-listed for the novel award are published in the Bridport Prize anthologies each October. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with our partner The Literary Consultancy - the UK's first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names. 

Past judges include Ali Smith, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, U A Fanthorpe, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and Tracy Chevalier.

For your chance to win, get your entries to us by 31 May, 12 midnight BST 2019.

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ENTERING
 

We know by the time you get here a huge amount of work and thought has been put into your writing, so we want to make the submission process as straightforward as possible.

You can submit your poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition by clicking on the category pages. All entries are judged anonymously.

You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages. 

Watch our 'How to Enter' video below for step by step guidance on submitting your entry:

“The highlight of my writing year is to enter The Bridport Prize. Not only for the prestige a placing would bring, but because it is a pleasure to submit work to such a well-organised competition. When I received the telephone call with the wonderful news that judge, Kit de Waal, had awarded my flash fiction piece second prize, the agonising over every word, the doubts, revisions and rewrites, every single second invested in my writing, all became overwhelmingly worthwhile. The warm welcome and generous hospitality of the Bridport team and judges at the awards ceremony was unforgettable and reading my story to the audience will remain the most treasured moment of my writing career”. 

Joanna Campbell (UK) 2nd Prize, flash fiction competition 2017

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