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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

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

Today it is BAC’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.


The Bridport Prize 2017

Our judges this year 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 will close on May 31 2017. Writers can submit entries online at or download a postal entry form at

Postal entry forms are also available at Bridport Arts Centre or by sending an SAE to The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport, Dorset DT6 9BQ

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









Lemn Sissay – photo by Aida Muluneh


Peter Hobbs – photo by John Rice



Kit de Waal – photo by Justine Stoddart









Nathan Filer – photo by Matt Crossick


2016 Ceremony