The Bridport Prize

The Bridport Prize is the Art Centre's international creative writing competition. With over £18,000 in prize money, it's open to all nationalities, aged 16 years and over.
The competition raises vital funds for Bridport Arts Centre.

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The Bridport Prize is an international creative writing competition established in 1973 by the Arts Centre’s founder Peggy Chapman-Andrews.

Today it is Bridport Art Centre’s flagship project raising vital funds for our work. With categories in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and the opening chapters of a novel – and top prizes of £5,000 -the competition annually attracts many thousands of entries from across the globe.

Our judges for 2017 are Lemn Sissay for poetry, Peter Hobbs for short stories, Kit de Waal for flash fiction and Nathan Filer for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.

The competition for 2017 was launched on 15 November and closed on May 31 2017.

The 2017 competition results will be announced at the Prize-giving on Saturday 21 October 2017 and made available on the Bridport prize website by 23 October 2017.

To find out more about the Bridport Prize visit www.bridportprize.org.uk

"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, Honorary Patron of the Bridport Prize
“I want your poem to electrify me, seduce me, grip me by the neck, carry me, whisper to me and sing to me. All of these things or one of them and much more”
Lemn Sissay, Poetry Judge 2017
"Flash fiction for me is just the container for a much bigger story. I’m looking for well-crafted and well thought out stories with a plot, the slow burn, the poetic and the surprise where each word has earned its place on the page”
Kit de Waal, Flash Fiction Judge 2017
"I will be looking for a novel that grabs my attention from the first page and refuses to let go until the last. The language will be sophisticated and controlled. It will be brimming with energy and vitality. It will take risks"
Nathan Filer, Novel Award Judge 2017

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