The Bridport Prize

the Bridport Prize | poems | short stories | flash fiction

The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Today many thousands of entries are received from over 80 countries.

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

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.

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The Bridport Prize 2015

Our judges this year are Roger McGough for poetry, Jane Rogers for short stories, David Gaffney for flash fiction and Jane Feaver for novel extracts.

The competition for 2015 was launched in November last year and will close on 31 May. Entry forms are available at the Arts Centre and online at

The 2015 competition results will be announced at the Prize-giving on Saturday 17 October.

To find out more about the Bridport Prize visit