The Bournemouth Writing Prize (formerly known as the Fresher Writing Prize) is an annual short story and poetry writing competition, designed to boost your career as a writer. As well as cash prizes, winners will receive personal advice and feedback from an industry professional, and have the chance to record a podcast of their work – ideal for highlighting on your website etc.
Our judges are all influential figures from the publishing world, including publishers, agents and award-winning authors and poets.
Writers are welcome to submit entries of any genre, form or theme. See more details below.
NB THE PRIZE IS NOT YET OPEN FOR ENTRIES. It will open in November, with a closing date at the end of January.
please make sure you have read our terms and conditions.
You can enter as many categories as you wish, and as many times as you wish, but every entry costs £7. See Enter the competition for more details. You will be asked to include a short (75 word) author biography with your entry and provide your full postal address.
Entry is free for staff and students of Bournemouth University who should email their entries from their university account to firstname.lastname@example.org stating their name and which category they are entering in the email subject box.
Short Story: Up to 3000 words maximum. It can be in any style, including genre fiction eg Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Children’s etc. We are looking for real storytellers, who create great characters to tell us something fresh, and surprise or touch us.
Poetry: Up to 42 lines. We are looking for poetry that is fresh and unexpected.
What you can win
The prizes for The Bournemouth Writing Prize have been specially selected to help writers get their foot onto the ladder and further their writing careers.
Short Story: £200 cash prize. Feedback and advice on a sample of your work (short story or an extract from your novel) from a commissioning editor publisher or award winning author. Plus a professionally produced recording of your work. A wonderful way of promoting your writing, the narration of your work can be shared via your website, or just with family and friends. You will be invited to Bournemouth University radio studios to record your readings (or someone else can read your work on your behalf, if you prefer).
Poetry: £200 cash prize. Feedback and advice on your work from award-winning poet and popular Arvon tutor, Antony Dunn. Plus a professionally produced recording of your work. A wonderful way of promoting your writing, the narration of your work can be shared via your website, or just with family and friends. You will be invited to Bournemouth University radio studios to record your readings (or someone else can read your work on your behalf, if you prefer).
Ansa Khan Khattak
Ansa Khan Khattak is a Commissioning Editor at Picador, where she works on both literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Her authors include Lucia Berlin, Manohla Dargis, Wendy Erskine, Genki Kawamura and Éric Vuillard.
Antony has an impressive four collections of poems published, with the most recent released in October 2016, ‘Take This One to Bed’.
As well as publishing his own work, Antony has edited and worked on a posthumous collection of poems by Welsh poet and publisher, David Hughes, called Ex Libris.
He is the Artistic Director of Bridlington Poetry Festival, has won an Eric Gregory Award and the Newdigate Prize, as well as having been Poet in Residence at the University of York 2006 and at Ilkley Literature festival. Antony is a great addition to the team and looks forward to reading the poetry entries!
A senior lecturer on the MA Creative Writing & Publishing, the BA English and the BA Communication & Media at Bournemouth University, Emma is also the Editorial Director of Fresher Publishing. A former journalist, writing for national women’s magazines, she is the author of several non-fiction books and one novel. She has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing from Winchester University and, as well as teaching at Bournemouth University, Emma enjoys leading workshops in Dorset.