Funding brief: The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.
The Bridport Prize is an international competition looking to find the best new writing from across the globe each year. The competition has four categories:
● Short Stories
● Flash Fiction
They aim to:
● Launch and promote new writing
● Provide opportunities for all writers through open submission
● Explore and develop new opportunities for writers
● Give access to new writing through the anthology
● Support the aims of and raise funds for Bridport Arts Centre
They think great writing deserves great prizes so they offer our winners the following:
● They’re 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.
● 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 our 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.
Donor Name: Bridport Arts Centre
Funding name: The Bridport Prize
Deadline: The 2019 competition will close on 31st, May at midnight BST.
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Funding limit: They think great writing deserves great prizes so they offer our winners the following:
● For poetry and short stories-1st £5,000 | 2nd £1,000 | 3rd £500 & Highly Commended 10 x £100
● For Flash Fiction: 1st £1,000 | 2nd £500 | 3rd £250 & Highly Commended 3 x £100
● For the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel
1st £1,000 plus up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse mentoring scheme (worth £2,340) and a critique from the judge.
Runner-up £500 plus a full manuscript appraisal and a place on an Industry Day from The Literary Consultancy.
Shortlisted writers 3 x £100 plus a 50-page manuscript appraisal (redeemable against a full read if desired) plus a place on an Industry Day.
In addition they publish an annual anthology of the winning and highly commended poems, short stories and flash fiction stories. The opening chapters of the winning and runner-up novel are published on our website.
A prize-giving ceremony for all the winning writers and their guests is held at Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset. The 2019 event will be held on Saturday 19 October.
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Eligible organization: As below
● Poetry Prize: The poetry competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country. The top three poems are entered for the Forward Prize for Poetry (Best Single Poem), an award not open to the general public. Line limit: 42 lines maximum (no minimum). Title not included. Entry fee: £9 for each poem submitted. You may enter as may poems as you wish.
● Short Story Prize: They welcome your short stories in any fictional genre and on any subject; stories with compelling characters, sparkling dialogue and strong, original voices. The short story competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country. Word limit: 5,000 words maximum (no minimum). Title not included. Entry fee: £10 for each short story submitted. You may enter as many stories as you wish.
● The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel: Writing a novel is a marathon effort and if you have a full or part-written novel to submit, they applaud you for your hard work to date. Submissions are welcome in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. Non-fiction and fiction for children is not eligible. The award is run in conjunction with industry partners The Literary Consultancy, – the UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service and A. M. Heath Literary Agents. Entry fee: £20 for each novel submitted. Please note: the novel award is open to writers in Britain and Ireland. British and Irish nationals living overseas are not eligible. Word limit: A maximum of 8,000 words from the opening chapters (5,000 words minimum) plus a synopsis of 300 words maximum. NEW FOR 2019 – THE LONGLIST ANTHOLOGY
An new anthology will be produced from 2019 onwards with extracts from the twenty novels that form the long-list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. This will be published in October 2019 to coincide with the prize-giving ceremony and announcement of the results of the 2019 competition
● Flash Fiction Prize: Flash fiction is the art of a very, very short story. You will have heard similar terms like micro fiction, postcard fiction and micro story. It’s all the same, although there’s no widely accepted definition of length – some competitions have word limits as low as 250 words (such as ours), while others can be up to 1,000 words. Flash-fiction often contains classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length can force some of these elements to remain unwritten – just hinted at or implied in the written storyline. The Flash Fiction competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country. Entry fee: £8 for each flash fiction story submitted. You may enter as many stories as you wish.
● Poetry Prize: The poetry competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country.
● Short Story Prize: The short story competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country.
● The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel: the novel award is open to writers in Britain and Ireland. British and Irish nationals living overseas are not eligible.
● Flash Fiction Prize: The Flash Fiction competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country.
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