The Bridport Prize
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.
As well as cash prizes, all winners are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. 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 2018.
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:
“Being recognised in a competition as prestigious as The Bridport Prize is always an honour. Having a story highly commended in this year’s flash fiction competition was especially affirming, as I had not written many short pieces over the last year or two. This recognition was exactly what I needed to give me the confidence to return to writing flash fiction”.
Michelle Wright (Australia) Highly Commended, flash fiction competition 2017