Telling our own stories

Telling our stories

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It’s a new year and as usual, a lot of people have made new year resolutions. Well, if your new year resolution is to write more, here’s a story contest for you. Organisers of the Bridport Literary Festival are calling for entries; it could be a short story, a poem or flash fiction. Deadline for receipt of entries is 30th of June 2011.


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 public online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.

Competition Rules

  • Maximum of 5000 words for short stories (no minimum)
  • Maximum of 42 lines for poems (no minimum)
  • Maximum of 250 words for flash fiction (no minimum)
  • The title is NOT included in the word count or line count.


Entry fee is £5 per flash fiction, £6 per poem or £7 per story (you can send as many entries as you like).

Entry Format

  • Entries must be in English, typed, single sided, with pages numbered.
  • Stories and flash fiction to be double spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page, poems to be single spaced.


  • 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 unbiased. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists, headed by Jon Wyatt for short stories and Candy Neubert for poems.


Prizes for both short story and poetry categories are: 

  • 1st £5000
  • 2nd £1000
  • 3rd £500

plus 10 supplementary prizes of £50 each.

The prizes for the flash fiction category are;

  • 1st £1000
  • 2nd £500
  • 3rd £250

plus 3 supplementary prizes of £25 each.

Prizewinners / Prizegiving

  • Prizewinners will be notified in writing by end of October 2011.
  • The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the awards ceremony on 26th November 2011.
  • Prizes will be awarded during the Bridport Literary Festival.
  • Winners will be expected to attend the awards ceremony if possible.


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