**Highly recommended international literary contest. First prize £ 5, 000 for short stories and £ 5, 000 for poetry. 2nd £1000, 3rd £500 plus 10 supplementary prizes of £50 each. £ 1, 000 for flash fiction.
Highlights of the competition rules are below. See site for complete guidelines:
Closing date for receipt of entries: 30th June each year.
Maximum of 5000 words for short stories, 250 words for flash fiction and maximum of 42 lines for poems.
The Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, over 16 years.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.
Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.
You can send as many entries as you like, the entry fee is £5 per flash fiction piece, £6 per poem or £7 per story payable in sterling by credit/debit card, cheque or postal order. Online entries are paid as you submit, using the RBSWorldPay system. Cheques must be from a UK bank and should be payable to The Bridport Prize with the sender’s name and address on the back.
Postal entries from overseas can only be paid by credit/debit card or in cash (notes only, NO coins) – either US dollars or Euros at the current exchange rate. Overseas cheques, money orders or drafts will not be accepted. Online entries are paid as you submit, using the WorldPay system.
Entries must be in English (preferably typed), single sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened; each entry on a new sheet. Stories to be double spaced; poems to be single spaced. Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title, (all details should be on the entry form). Entries are not returned, keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded. Ensure you affix the correct postage.
Postal entries should be sent to The Bridport Prize, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR, UK.
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry. To receive the judges’ reports (winning entries only) and full results in November – enclose an A5 stamped addressed envelope marked RESULTS. You can also refer back to the website.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Bridport Prize will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories, (including runners up), in the annual anthology.
No competitor may win more than one prize in each category. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging is fair and independent. Professional and experienced readers select longlists for the named judges.
Full results will be available in November 2010.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules.
Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.