Bridport Prize Reminder! Closing Date 31st May 2013The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.
Over £15,000 in prize money
One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
Poems & Short Stories
The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.
The top winning stories, poems and flash fiction will be published in the Bridport Prize 2013 anthology
The winning stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents with a view to representing writers
The top thirteen eligible stories are submitted to the BBC National Short Story Award (£15,000) and The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award (£30,000)
The top 4 poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem.
A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £25. The top winning flash fiction, short stories and poems and will be published in the Bridport Prize 2013 anthology.
Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some are as low as 250 words (such as ours), while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.
Other names for flash fiction include sudden fiction, micro fiction, micro-story, short short, postcard fiction and short short story, though distinctions are sometimes drawn between some of these terms; for example, sometimes one-thousand words is considered the cut-off between “flash fiction” and the slightly longer short story ”sudden fiction”. The terms “micro fiction” and “micro narrative” are sometimes defined as below 300 words.
Flash-fiction often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.