Monday, 2 February 2009


The Bridport Prize 2009 - a competition for Short Stories and Poems is now open. Deadline: 30th June.

It is, apparently, the richest open writing competition in the English language - with £5000 first prize for a short story (of up to 5000 words);and £5000 first prize for a poem (of up to 42 lines).

The Bridport was a starting point in the careers of writers such as Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Carol Ann Duffy and Helen Dunmore.

Anyone can enter - so long as the work is previously unpublished.
It costs £7 per story or £6 per poem and the closing date is 30th June 2009.

Each year the prize is judged by well known writers - this year they have Ali Smith judging short stories and Jackie Kay judging poetry.

Enter online or download an entry form Or send an SAE for an entry form to be posted to you to

The Bridport Prize
PO Box 6910


Tania Hershman said...

Having known the first prize winner this year and the 2nd prize winner last year, I can say that real writers do stand a great chance here! Lovely to have Ali Smith judging, it will be interesting to see what happens. Now I just have to write a new story...

Women Rule Writer said...

Hi T,
It might be worth reading past winners to see what gets past the teams of first readers. No problem for you as you have a direct line to two of them! (Vanessa is one, isn't she?)
I've enterd this a couple of times, never got anywhere. It's all so random, isn't it?

Sylva-MD-Poetry said...

Has a special soul
Some like soulless
Some like soulful
How can one soul satisfy
All kinds of souls?

Sylva Portoian,MD