The Bridport Prize 2019

The Bridport Prize is an open writing competition that is dedicated to finding and encouraging the most promising new writers from across the world. Each year the judges award over £18,000 in prize money for your best submissions in poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and first novels.

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As well as cash prizes, winners of the poetry, short story and flash fiction competitions are published in the Bridport Prize anthology. Winners of the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award will receive mentoring with partner The Literary Consultancy – the UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service.

The prize was founded in 1973, in a small town in Dorset, UK, by Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is a global writing competition and many winners have gone on to see their work published and have become household names.




Poetry Prize: 

  • 1st Prize: £5,000
  • 2nd Prize:£1,000
  • 3rd  Prize: £500

Short Story Prize:

  • 1st Prize: £5,000
  • 2nd Prize:£1,000
  • 3rd  Prize: £500

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel: 

  • 1st Prize: £1,000 plus mentoring with our partner TLC
  • 2nd Prize: £500 plus manuscript assessment
  • 3rd Prize: 3 x £100 for shortlisted writers

Flash Fiction Prize:

  • 1st Prize: £1000
  • 2nd Prize: £500
  • 3rd Prize: £250


  • The novel award is open to writers in Britain and Ireland. British and Irish nationals living overseas are not eligible.
  • Rest is open to writers of any nationality from any country.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • You can submit your poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition by clicking on the category pages which can be found in the “Official Link”. All entries are judged anonymously.
  • You can download the entry instructions, rules and FAQs from any of the category pages as well.
  • Check the official website for more details

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Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

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