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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bridport anyone?

International Creative Writing Competition for Poems, Short Stories and Flash Fiction
The Bridport Prize 2011 website is now open for entries!
The Bridport Prize is the richest open writing competition in the English language - with £5000 first prize for a short story (of up to 5000 words); and £5000 first prize for a poem (of up to 42 lines).
The new category of Flash Fiction attracts £1,000 to be won for the best short, short story of under 250 words.
The Bridport is also known as a tremendous literary stepping stone - the first step n the careers of writers such as: Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Carol Ann Duffy and Helen Dunmore.
Anyone can enter - so long as the work is previously unpublished. It costs £7 per story, £6 per poem or £5 per flash fiction and the closing date is 30th June 2011
Each year the prize is judged by well known writers - this year we are delighted to announce that Carol Ann Duffy will be judging the poetry, and AL Kennedy, the short stories and flash fiction
Enter online at: www.bridportprize.org.uk
Or download an entry form: www.bridportprize.org.uk/entryform.pdf
Or email for a pdf entry form: frances@bridportprize.org.uk
I am determined this year to avoid wasting my money on this competition. Failing to get into the short list of 180 last year kind of demonstrated that the sheer volume of entries means you're going to get swamped, particularly when the submissions are filtered first by a team of volunteers.
And of course, this bleedin' Universal Social Charge' will mean I must select my competitions carefully.

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