Welcome to the Bridport Prize
The 2019 competition is now open
The competition for 2019 is open to submissions from 19 November 2018.
We welcome our new judges Holly McNish for Poetry, Kirsty Logan for Short Stories and Flash Fiction and Naomi Wood for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. The winning and highly commended writers from the 2018 competition can be seen on the Results page. Our congratulations to all of them. The shortlisted writers, novel longlist and the Judges' reports can be downloaded from Previous Years Results page.
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, winners of the poetry, short story and flash fiction competitions 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.
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.
Bridport Prize Rules of Entry
Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification
All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document.
Our entry instructions are for ease of administration and we prefer you to follow them. HOWEVER if you forget anything or add details (titles, word or line counts) in the wrong place, your entry will NOT be disqualified. We only disqualify entries if they are named or over the word or line limit.