The Bridport Prize, 2014


The Bridport Prize’s mission is to ‘encourage emerging writers and to promote literary excellence.’


The closing date for the prize is Saturday 31st May 2014 and it’s open to all nationalities. You must be aged 16 or over. They offer three categories – Poems, Short Stories and now Flash Fiction. Overall, there is over £15,000 in prize money. 

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000. The second prize offered is £1,000 and the third prize is £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) will be awarded £50 each. 

The short stories have a word limit of 5,000 words (not including the title,) and are £9 per story entered. The poems should be no longer than 42 lines and it’s £8 per poem entered. 

The new flash fiction category has a first prize of £1,000, 2nd prize of £500 and third prize of £250. There will also be 3 supplementary prizes of £50. The word limit is 250 words (not including the title,) and entry per story is £7. 

For more details on each category, terms and conditions and entry forms, visit the website for The Bridport Prize, 2014. 

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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