short story writing competition

Short Story Prize

 We welcome your short stories in any fictional genre and on any subject; stories with compelling characters, sparkling dialogue and strong, original voices. 

The short story competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country.

Word limit: 5,000 words maximum (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee: £12 for each short story submitted. You may enter as many stories as you wish.


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We know writers usually have multiple draft versions of their work. Please double check you have the correct version of your short story ready to upload. You won’t be able to substitute work once it has been submitted.

Postal Entry


1st £5,000
2nd £1,000
3rd £500

10 x £100 for Highly Commended

“Winning the Bridport has been a delight and an honour. Venerable and international, it is the prize writers long to win.  But I almost didn’t enter. ‘Cut Loose’, which emerged from the memory of a creaky little room at the top of a shed in Denver, a room seen once but never forgotten, was a story I thought readers might find too strange and uncomfortable. I dithered, then submitted it just hours before the deadline in May.

"On prize giving day, which was a glorious occasion, I spoke to contest readers,  judges, administrators... and was struck by how much care and rigour goes into the process of selection and how committed the prize is to supporting writers. The first prize win was tremendously affirming."

Wendy Brandmark (UK) winner, Short Story competition 2016

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