For aspiring writers everywhere

We are committed to discovering and championing new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni read like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. Trust us with your words and it really could be your name up here next year. 

"I have enormously fond memories of the Bridport Prize. It gave me one of the first affirmations that I could write. The story I wrote for the competition was the first time I felt I found that elusive thing - my ‘voice’. Without the Bridport Prize I would probably not have found my agent and quite possibly wouldn’t have written Behind the Scenes at the Museum so I have a lot to be thankful to it for."

Kate Atkinson MBE, Novelist

Your words out there

It’s every writer’s dream, seeing your words on the page for others to read. We are a step on the road to making that happen. From our highly respected judges to our experienced partners, we do whatever we can to make your voice heard.


Poetry. 1st Prize £5,000

You don’t have to be Tennyson. Just talented.

Up to 42 lines.


Short story. 1st Prize £5,000

Quick to read, impossible to forget.

5,000 words or less. 


Flash Fiction. 1st Prize £1,000

The art of just enough.

250 words or less. 


Novel. Winner £1,500 plus package

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award.

8,000 words and a synopsis - initially.

Learn about Peggy Chapman Andrews here

Up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme (worth £2,640) and a detailed critique from the novel judge. 


Runner-up £750 plus package

Full manuscript appraisal and Industry Day place from The Literary Consultancy. 


Young Writer Award £500

For the highest placed writer aged 16 to 25 in any category.


Dorset Award £100

Given to the highest placed Dorset writer in any category. 

Sponsored by The Bookshop, Bridport.


Publication 

All winning pieces are featured in our anthology, opening doors with literary agents and publishers and giving access to other competitions not available to the public.


Bursaries

We offer bursaries throughout the year based on need not writing ability.


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POETRY                        £10 per entry 

Deadline: Midnight BST 31 May 2022

Need to know

42 lines max. No minimum. Title not included in the line count. Dedications not included in the line count. Lines between text / stanzas not counted. 

You can submit multiple entries to the competition as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

How to enter here

Terms & Conditions here

Need help?

If you have questions about Submittable or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, help is on hand at Submittable Customer Support via this link  https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/

Short Story
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SHORT STORY.            £12 per entry

Deadline: Midnight BST 31 May 2022

Need to know 

5,000 words max. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.

You can submit multiple entries to the competition as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

How to enter here

Terms & Conditions here

Need help?

If you have questions about Submittable or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, help is on hand at Submittable Customer Support via this link  https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/ 

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FLASH FICTION             £9 per entry

Deadline: Midnight BST 31 May 2022

Need to know 

250 words max. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.

You can submit multiple entries to the competition as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

How to enter here

Terms & Conditions here

Need help?

If you have questions about Submittable or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, help is on hand at Submittable Customer Support via this link  https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/ 

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NOVEL                          £20 per entry

Deadline: Midnight BST 31 May 2022

Need to know 

Initially, 8,000 words max, 5,000 minimum from opening chapter/s PLUS 300 word synopsis. Title not included in the word count.

If you’re long listed: you need to submit 15,000 words (this count includes your initial entry - an additional 7,000 words) for the next stage of the competition. 

If you’re shortlisted: you need to submit 30,000 words (this count includes the 15,000 words from your initial entry and the longlist - an additional 15,000 words) for the final stage of the judging process. 

You can submit multiple entries to the competition as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

How to enter here

Terms & Conditions here

Need help?

If you have questions about Submittable or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, help is on hand at Submittable Customer Support via this link  https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/ 

We are committed to giving under represented writers a voice. This residency is to discover new writers of African or African Caribbean heritage over 18 who live, work or study in Birmingham and The Black Country.

About the residency

There are TWO residencies in APRIL and JUNE 2022. One residency per writer is available. 

Residency dates: Monday 25th April to Friday 29th April OR Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June.

The writer must also attend an orientation day in March 2022, to be agreed. Travel and overnight B&B accommodation plus expenses will be available for this day.

Accommodation dates: Sunday 24th April to Thursday 28th April 2022 OR Sunday 19th June to Thursday 23rd June 2022.

Accommodation

The residency writer will stay at The King’s Arms, Dorchester, only a short walk from the museum, where Hardy met and entertained friends.

www.thekingsarmsdorchester.com

The writer will receive

  • £500 residency fee
  • Five days in residence at Dorset Museum
  • £500 Tools Of The Trade donation towards a laptop, course or other professional development
  • 45 minute one-to-one session with author Kit de Waal
  • Feedback on up to 3,000 words of prose fiction from Tinder Press
  • Extra assistance expenses available if required
  • Daily expenses
  • £125 travel assistance
  • Five nights B&B accommodation at The King’s Arms, Dorchester
  • Free entry to the Bridport Prize international writing competition

How to apply

Writers must submit 1,000 words of creative prose fiction, for example, the opening of a novel or part of a short story (not narrative poetry, essays or journalism) AND 500 words about How I would spend my residency time.

Who can apply?

• Unpublished writers

• Self-published authors

• Published writers of individual stories or novel extracts

Please do NOT apply if:

• You are a newly published writer

• You have a literary agent

• You have published a book length work such as a novel or short story collection


We look forward to reading your words.

Our 2022 Bridport Prize bursaries are now open. These give under represented writers a free entry to the Bridport Prize competition in any category. 

Don’t forget: Our short story, poetry and flash fiction genres are open to international applicants, whilst the novel award is open to writers living in Britain and Ireland, British writers living overseas and writers living in British Overseas Territories.

These bursaries have been generously donated by writers entering our competition who want to support other writers with their work. All applications are considered in the strictest confidence. We don’t require proof of income, your word is good enough.

The Bridport Prize