The Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award, to give the Bridport Prize Novel Award’s official name, is one of the most sought-after prizes in literature. If ever there was a prize win on a CV to make an agent or publisher take note, the Bridport is it.
While the £1,500 top prize is significantly less (and the £24 entry fee significantly more) than for the Short Story Prize, the doors opened by a win or even a shortlist in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews makes it well worth entering.
To enter you need to submit an extract of between 5,000 and 8,000 words from the opening chapters of your novel, plus a 300-word synopsis. If you make it to the longlist, you’ll then need to submit 15,000 words (including your initial submission); then if you make the shortlist you’ll need to send in a total of 30,000 words. So, if you fancy your chances of winning this one, don’t enter unless you have made significant progress with your novel.
The judge for the novel competition is Ross Raisin, the author of four novels: our novels: A Hunger, A Natural, Waterline and God’s Own Country.
As well as the prizes mentioned above, the top five entries will receive appraisal from The Literary Consultancy and the winner will also gain a consultation with literary agent A.M. Health and publisher Headline, which could prove invaluable (though there are no promises you’ll get a publishing deal out of it!).