The Bridport Prize: You Can Be A Winner

This is an opportunity we would like to encourage all those who are writers of poems, flash fiction, short stories, or other literary works to take advantage of. It isn’t all about the prize money but also the experience to be gotten by at least making an attempt. It will further encourage you in the art of profession of writing as the case might be. Below is a brief overview about the Bridport Prize as stated on their website:

“Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment”

Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize

Our mission

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

Over £15,000 in prize money

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £25.

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

 

There you have it! Beyond the prize, just give it a shot, but of course you can be a winner!

On how to participate, please visit the official website here

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