Deadline: May 31, 2024

Entry fee: £14

About the competition

The competition is run by the Bridport Arts Centre in Bridport,  England. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Founded in 1973, the Bridport Prize is the Arts Centre’s flagship project. Attracting many thousands of entries from across the world each year, it has grown to become one of the most widely respected creative writing competitions in the English language.

The competition has four categories:

  • Poems: 42 lines max. No minimum.
  • Short stories: 5000 words max. No minimum.
  • Flash fiction: 250 words max. No minimum.
  • Novel: 8,000 words max. 5,000 words minimum taken from opening chapters PLUS 300 word synopsis.

Please note: The Novel Award is now open to writers aged 16 and over living in Britain and Ireland and British writers living overseas.

Entries must be in English.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition.

Competition guideline

Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification. IMPORTANT: All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification.


We disqualify entries if they are named or over the word limit. If you forget to add details – title or word count – your entry will NOT be disqualified.


Entries can be on any subject in any style or form. We do not recommend stories written for children. You can enter any number of short stories but please check you are submitting the correct version of your work before uploading as mistakes cannot be rectified later. If you find you have submitted the wrong version or have made a mistake in the work, you can withdraw it and resubmit a corrected version. Please note a further fee would be payable. Entries can be withdrawn by logging into your account. To see how to withdraw, please click here. Entry fees will not be refunded.


The deadline date for entries is 23:59 (UK time) on 31st May 2024. Postal entries postmarked 31st May but received later will be accepted.


Short story: 5000 words max. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.

Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.

VoW Research
Author: VoW Research

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