The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious (and lucrative) writing competitions around that is open to unpublished writers. The Bridport Prize for Poetry offers an amazing £5,000 top prize, but even making it onto the shortlist gives the poet an important addition to their CV.
At £12 per entry, it’s not not bad value given the prize, and if you are serious about your verse, you might as well aim high. And if you win the Bridport Prize (in any category) it can garner a lot of attention and open plenty of doors.
Note that the 42-line limit doesn’t include the title of the poem or lines between stanzas. Ensure you read the submission instructions carefully (for instance you need to add the line count to the entry and submit in 12pt, black font).
The judge for the poetry competition is Liz Berry, an award-winning poet and author of critically acclaimed collections Black Country (Chatto), The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto), The Dereliction (Hercules Editions) and a novel in verse, The Home Child (Chatto).