Feature competition

Competition launch date Friday 26 August 2022 (in the September magazine)

September feels very much like the start of the ‘new term’ for everyone – even if you’re not involved in the world of education – so I think it’s the perfect time to launch The Bridge’s feature writing competition for young people.

There are already plenty of wonderful competitions to encourage creative writing, but we want to introduce something new for Bridport. We want the town’s budding journalists to have a go at writing the kind of feature that would be published in a magazine (this one).

The first step is to find a great subject, and there are so many possibilities. It might be something that’s going on in the town – whether you’re involved or not – something that’s going on further afield, or someone you find interesting. Then after that it’s up to you.

Our judges will be looking at how effectively you dig out the most interesting things to say about the subject, and how you structure the feature. Appropriate ‘tone of voice’ and readability are also important factors, but grammar and spelling aren’t necessarily deal-breakers.

The terms and conditions are published below.

Olivia Daly, Editor


Competition terms and conditions

1. The competition is open to anyone aged 16, 17 or 18 on the closing date (Monday 12 December 2022) whose home address has a DT6 postcode. You don’t have to be studying at a Bridport school – in fact, you might have left school or college altogether.

2. Entries must be in English, your own original work, not previously published (including online) and be based in fact (i.e. not works of fiction). They should also not have previously won a similar competition. They should be between 700 and 1,200 words in length, not including the title.

3. Each entrant may submit up to two features. Please send each entry in a separate email.

4. There are very few restrictions on subject matter, but please bear in mind that the winning and runner-up articles will be published in the magazine. The Bridge is a broadly Christian publication, and while there’s no expectation that competition entries will deal with themes of religion or faith at all, we would not consider a submission that was disrespectful towards the tenets or aims of the Christian church.

5. Please email entries to editor@thebridgemagazine.org by 6pm on Monday 12 December 2022. You will receive an email confirmation of your entry.

6. We will judge entries anonymously. The feature should be typed on A4 pages in a Word or Pages document or made into a PDF, double spaced in an easily readable typeface no less than 11pt in size. Please do not include your name on this document. In the accompanying email please include the title of your feature plus your name, address, phone number and proof of your age. To prove your age, if you are still in education please include the name of your school or college; if not, please include a scan of your passport, driving licence or other official document that shows your date of birth.

7. The judges are: Kate Shelley, librarian at the Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport and former journalist and feature writer; Margery Hookings, freelance journalist and former editor of the Bridport & Lyme Regis News; and Olivia Daly, editor of The Bridge magazine.

8. The results will be announced in The Bridge in February 2023, and the winning and runner-up features will be published as soon as possible afterwards. Copyright of each entry will remain with the author, but The Bridge reserves the unrestricted right to publish the winning and runner-up entries in the magazine (including any digital version) and on this website and that of the Bridport Team Ministry.

9. The prize is £200 for the winner and £100 for the runner-up. Half of each prize will be given in cash, and half in book tokens. Prizes will be awarded in January 2023.

10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.