John Freeman wins Bridport Poetry Prize

John Freeman

Poetry Society Member John Freeman is this year’s £5,000 winner of the Bridport Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Exhibition’, judged by Daljit Nagra. John was winner of Wales Book of the Year (poetry) 2017 for What Possessed Me (Worple), and National Poetry Competition 3rd prize winner in 2013.

Fellow Society Members Vanessa Lampert and Sam Phipps were Highly Commended, and Simon Middleton won the Dorset Prize for highest placed writer from Dorset.

The Bridport Prize is an international creative writing competition established in 1973 by the Arts Centre’s founder Peggy Chapman-Andrews. Today it is Bridport Art Centre’s flagship project raising vital funds for their work. With categories in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and the opening chapters of a novel – and top prizes of £5,000 -the competition annually attracts many thousands of entries from across the globe.

The Shortlist:

Abi Curtis
Abigail Green
Akiva Cohen
Alison Jean Lester
Alison Stewart
Angela Schmidt
Anna Woodford
Annalisa Dart
Annelies Beyboer
Anthony Watts
Ashish Kumar
Audrey Molloy
Ben North
Brett Cross
Caleb Parkin
Caroline Lea
Catherine Nicholls
Chris Rice
Christina Lloyd
Christine Aziz
Christine Macfarlane
Christine Rose
Cynthia Hua
Dan Ryder
Dave Hollis
David Canning
David chase
David Keyworth
Dean Atta
Deborah Morgan
Diana Hendry
Diana Norma Szokolyai
Doreen Gurrey
Elaine Beckett
Elisabeth Murawski
Elizabeth Lloyd
Elizabeth Morton
Ella Duffy
Emily Chen
Fiona Larkin
Geraldine Paine
Giles Goodland
Grady Chambers
Graham Mort
H David
Harriet Fraser
Harriet MacMillan
Helen Dempsey
Helen Pletts
Hilary Jenkins
Ian Patterson
Ian Salkey
Isabella Mead
Isobel Thrilling
Isobel Jane
James O’Hara Knight
James Stradner
James Womack
James Wood
Jan Miller
Jan Woodhouse
Jane Newberry
Jed Myers
Jennifer Nadel
Jenny Danes
Jenny Pollak
Jilly Funnell
Jo Burns
John Bush
John Harris
John Murphy
Joy Winkler
Kavita A Jindal
Kate Ling
Kathryn O’Bourn
Katy Birch
Kenneth Chamlee
Kimberley Starr
Lani O’Hanlon
Leah Larwood
Les Jones
Linda Snell
Lisa Kelly
Liz Lefroy
Lizzie Jarvis
Lola Haskins
Lorna Tait
Louise Tondeur
Lucy Maddox
Luke Pamer
Lydia Kennaway
Lynn Thornton
Marc Woodward
Margaret Gosley
Maria Apichella
Marie LouIse Eyres
Mark Totterdell
Martin Domleo
Mary Gilonne
Mary J Mulholland
Matt Barnard
Matthew Lawson
Michael Brett
Michael Simon
Michael Swan
Morag Kiziewicz
Nandini Lal
Natalie Baron
Nathan McCool
Nell Farrell
Nicola Daly
Paddy O’Halloran
Pamela Slobie
Patricia Hamilton
Patrick Errington
Paula Bonnell
Pauline Sturges
Peter McDonnell
Peter Viggers
Petra Regent
Roberta James
Rose Wells
Rowena Knight
Sam Whitehouse
Samuel Olsson
Sarah Barnsley
Sarah Barr
Sarah Smith
Seán Martin
Sheila Aldous
Sheila Wild
Shivanee Ramlochan
Simon Middleton
Sophie de Beistegui
Sophie Wedderburn
Sue Moules
Susan E. Holland
Tamara Evans
Ted Hill
Terence John
Tess Barry
Tess Parker
Tom Bryan
Tom Dowling
Tom Weir
Tori Sharpe
Vanessa Lampert
Vasiliki Albedo
Victoria Richards
Vivien Freeman
Yvonne Farmer
Zoe Mulcare

The 2019 competiton will be launched on 15 November 2018.

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1 November 2018