Development of the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition
About the Bridport Prize
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary
excellence through its competition structure.
The Bridport Prize aims to:
• Launch and promote new writing
• Provide opportunities for all through open submission
• Explore and develop new opportunities for writers
• Give access to new writing through the anthology
• Support the aims of and raise funds for Bridport Arts Centre
The Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition was founded by Bridport Arts
Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the
competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas. Today many
thousands of entries are received from over 80 countries worldwide. The Bridport Prize is
one of the longest established and most highly regarded literary prizes. The Judges for the
2017 competition include Lemn Sissay and Nathan Filer. Past judges have included Roger
McGough, Tracey Chevalier, Andrew Motion, Ali Smith and Margaret Drabble.
The Bridport Prize gives awards for:
• Short Stories
• Flash Fiction
• First Novel
The total prize money available is nearly £18,000.
Bridport Arts Centre (which owns and administers the Bridport Prize) is now seeking to
undertake a development process to raise the profile of the award and enable its
development and growth nationally and internationally.
We welcome applications from individuals as well as those wishing to approach this as a
job share or working with a consultancy. The successful candidate/s will work closely with
the Director of Bridport Arts Centre and the Bridport Prize Administrator to agree the overall
approach to the work. Much of the work can be done remotely, though some face-to-face
meetings will be required.
The brief – key tasks
Research, Analysis, Professionalising
• To undertake such analysis of the Bridport Prize and the four different award strands
as may be necessary to understand the current performance of the Prize
• Analysis of entrant data and consultation with selected entrants
• Market analysis, including benchmarking the BP with other literary prizes
• Work with the BP Administrator in setting up and establishing work priorities for an
• Identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for the BP
Preparation for sponsorship
To undertake market research to identify potential sponsors and sources of income
for the BP, based on information from Stage 1
• Identify potential sponsors or media partners and provide details on contacts
• Develop supporting evidence and materials for the Case for Support
• Establish relationships with potential sponsors and, if appropriate, make initial
The work is expected to be completed within a period of four months from the date of
appointment. Specific deadlines and target dates will be agreed.
The post-holder will report to the Director of Bridport Arts Centre.
• Flexible and committed approach to work.
• Excellent written communication with the ability to make the case effectively to a
range of audiences.
• Working knowledge of current corporate sponsorship arrangements in the arts and
• Proven experience of securing corporate sponsorship
• Excellent communicator, with good influencing, negotiation and presentation skills.
• Excellent problem-solving skills.
• A background in the arts (including literature) would be advantageous but not
£3,100, inclusive of expenses.
Please email a covering letter detailing suitability for this post and your approach to the
work, together with a current CV, to Laura Cockett – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications is 12.00noon on Monday 15th May 2017.
Interviews will be held later that week, by agreement.
Further information about the Bridport Prize can be found here: www.bridportprize.org.uk
For more information on Bridport Arts Centre: www.bridport-arts.com
For an informal conversation about this work please call Laura Cockett on: 01308 427183