Bridport Isolation



 To celebrate the creativity in our local community and provide us with a positive project to come out of challenging times which are otherwise filled with anxiety, uncertainty, and for some people, a time of recovery. We will produce a printed collection (non-profit; discussions of sales, donations etc. to start soon.)  If you have any questions:


 Inspired by life in isolation. Open to all genres, so do treat the theme as a starting point rather than a restricting topic. Readers should think “oh, I see why this is included”. There should be something “local” about your contribution, but be creative. You might refer to a location, the history (e.g. rope making), or something else. Please read full notes below on this. 

Be creative... and don't feel that your writing needs to be literally about being Isloated. Take us back in time, expose a conspiracy, make us laugh, discover that unknown trap-door...let our minds take a journey with you.

I want to leave the genre and style of submission open, but please do not submit any content which would be inappropriate for younger readers. Let's all aim for this collection to be something that can be enjoyed by anyone. If with think in terms of "film classification" - try to aim for a 12A.


  All submissions are taken on a “for consideration” basis. Please read full T&C for notes on copyright and other issues regarding publication. Entries should be in the format of:

· SHORT STORY: Maximum of 1,000 words; or

· FLASH FICTION: Maximum 2 to 4 stories, totaling 1,000 words (inc. titles); or

· POETRY: Maximum 100 lines from between 1 and 4 Poems (inc. spaces); or

· COMBINATION: Maximum 1x 500 words prose, + 1x 40 lines poem.


ONE submission per person. If you plan to submit Flash, Poetry or Combinations, please wait to submit all of your pieces in ONE email so that I can keep track of them.


Please send your submissions by email to:

  • Include the Title of your piece(s) even if they are also written in an attached file.
  • Include your name as you would like it appear in print (you can use a pseudonym/pen name)
  • Your age, or the age(s) of entrants under 18 whose work you are representing. (Age is only requested as a declaration that you are over 18, and will not form any part of decisions to include a submission.)
  • Please put "SUBMISSION" in your email subject like
  • DEADLINE: All submissions must be submitted as complete by 12 noon, Sunday 31st May 2020.  


· Submissions can be made by anyone living in or around Bridport and the local area*. 

· You can be an experienced, published writer, or a complete novice. 

· Open to all ages, but submissions from anyone under 18 years must be sent via a parent, carer, guardian or adult representative (e.g. a teacher or tutor.) Please see the Terms & Conditions below.

(Only email submissions will be accepted. Files MS Word .docx file are preferred, but, PDF, .txt, or including the text in the email is fine. Hand-written entries can be photographed. Please include your full name as you would wish for it to be spelt in a book.)


  1. All entries must be entirely original work written by the entrant. Any signs of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification, and in serious cases might be reported to the actual owner of the work. Please remember - I am an author myself, and respecting copyright is important to me.
  2. Entrants must be 18+ years of age OR submit their work via a parent, carer, or other responsible adult. Any questions or problems with this, please contact us.
  3. Submissions are taken on a "considered for inclusion" basis and the editor reserves the right to refuse submission of any entry
  4. The project is open to Bridport residents and those who live in the close surround area and visit frequently. Of course, this includes those who are from Bridport but moved away. I’m not going to be too picky about it, as long as the submission itself is clearly something connected to our local community. (i.e. this is not a national, or even regional project – it’s a local one. Let’s make it special – ours.)
  5. The project aims to share original work inspired by the theme. 
  6. However, if entrants have previously written work they feel meets the submission requirements, these can be used too (if the entrant has full copyright to do so).
  7. Copyright for each submission will remain with the individual writer. Copyright for the physical compilation will remain with Colin Ward/In As Many Words. In simple terms this means that Colin Ward/In As Many Words will not seek to prevent entrants from sharing their own work freely, or use it in other competitions or submissions at their discretion. However, most competitions would consider this project as a "publication" and so it would not be advised to use the content again and claim it is "exclusive." If you need any more advice on copyright please contact us.
  8. This project is not a competition but there will be a level of editorial oversight and quality control. Appropriate accommodation for entry from younger entries will be given, so please include the age of any entrants under 18 years when submitting the work.
  9. Any content that is potentially defamatory, offensive, or inappropriate for younger readers (e.g. of a sexual explicit nature) will not be included.


I'll be adding to these as questions are asked. Please pop back and check.

  • Can I submit a Work in Progress? Yes. You can send something in that you are working on if you would like some feeding or editorial help. However, please do this as early as possible so we can ensure your writing is completed by the deadline of 31st May;
  • Can I name local businesses and places in my story? Yes, but with caution and courtesy. Try to restrict specific references to publicly owned or accessed locations, such as Buckydoo Square, The Town Hall, or well known street names. You have a maximum of 1000 words - spend them showing us what is happening rather than worrying over names. And please remember that the editor will not let anything be included that casts any potentially defamatory light over persons and businesses, for ethical and legal reasons.
  • Do I have to pay to submit? No. There is no charge to submit. However, this will mean that copies will not be offered free to successful entrants .
  • How much will a copy of the final collection cost? It is expected to be approximately £4 - £5, which will allow for all costs of the project to be covered along with any distribution expenses. However, it is highly possible that we can drop the price lower when ordering in bulk, and other options of funding might come up. So, watch this space. The most important thing to remember is that this is not a profit-making venture and so we may choose to sell copies to raise money for local charities or creative projects.
  • Why do under 18s have to submit via an adult? It is very important that the safety and best interests of young people are protected at all times. It is our responsibility to ensure they are not exploited or put into any situation that could pose a risk or otherwise require the help or support of an adult. This includes being involved with a project that could potentially be affected by copyright law. By making sure submissions are entered by an adult, we can all work together to prevent problems from developing without having to exclude younger entrants from being involved.

Bridport Isloation

We might be isolated, but our minds are not...

 The purpose of this project is to provide an opportunity for us to share our wildest ideas inspired by our current situation. However, it would be too easy to simply write “about” the situation. Why not try to explore wider, go crazy, dig deeper? Here are a range of ideas for short story ideas just to demonstrate how loose the theme really is:

  • Murder mystery – locked down in a get-away hotel, several strangers must solve a murder;
  • Fantasy land – discovering a secret trapdoor, cupboard, corridor…get C.S. Lewis on the case;
  • Black comedy – a dark and violent end to a marriage;
  • Horror – running out of food? Well, there is another source of meat…
  • All the vegetables in the town are dying out. Why?
  • Where have all the humans gone? What do the animals get up to?
  • The man we've never met...finally roams the streets when all others are gone...
  • Discovery of art - are new talents unveiled that are shared from windows?
  • Mother Nature reclaims the planet
  • The Children take over - it is discovered children develop an immunity...and take over the city...
  • ...and so many more possible creative...