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Anyone can enter - so long as the work is previously unpublished.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 www.bridportprize.org.uk. Or send an SAE for an entry form to be posted to you to
The Bridport Prize
PO Box 6910