The Bridport Short Story Prize can prove a fantastic stepping stone for fiction writers who are seeking to make a career out of telling stories. The prestige of the Bridport Prize means that winning their short story prize (or even making it onto the shortlist) can cause agents and publishers to take you seriously.
Oh, and the £5,000 prize for the winner isn’t bad either!
The 5,000-word limit gives you plenty of room to flex your writing muscles, but there’s no minimum length so only write as many words as if necessary for your story.
The judge for the short story competition is Wendy Erskine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an interviewer and broadcaster. She has published two short story collections Sweet Home and Dance Move with Stinging Fly Press and Picador.