may, 2020

31may1:00 am1:00 amThe Bridport Poetry PrizeOnline Entry Fee: £10
Max word count: 42 lines
Top Prize: £5,000

Event Details

The competition welcomes entries from writers across the globe writing in English, aged 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date.

This international writing competition is run by Bridport Arts Centre.

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.

Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition.


You don’t have to be Tennyson. Just talented

All we ask is that you please keep poems to 42 lines, max. You can, of course, write less. In addition to the prize money, the top three poems are automatically entered into the Forward Prize For Poetry’s best single poem competition, with the chance to win a further £1000. This exclusive award is not open to the public. You can write about absolutely anything but whatever your rhyme or reason, we want to read your poetry

The winning poem features in the Bridport Prize anthology which opens access to other competitions. You will be invited to the awards dinner in Bridport, have a chance to chat to the judges, meet agents and take part in ongoing publicity.

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