One of the UK’s most prestigious (and best paying) writing contests, The Bridport Prize is open for entries until 31 May 2016.
The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973. They say their mission is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through their competition structure.
This year there are separate contests for poems, short stories, flash fiction (under 250 words), and novels. There is a fee of £8 to £10 per entry (£20 for the novel award).
A total of over £16,000 (around $23,000) in prize money is on offer, with entry open open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over. To quote from the website…
The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £100 each are awarded.
A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £100.
In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered. Three shortlisted writers will receive £100.
The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.
You can enter by post or via the Bridport Prize website, where further information is also available. The closing date is 31 May 2016, so don’t hang about!