Cardiff writer highly commended in Bridport Prize

Published Tue 6 Nov 2018 - By Literature Wales
Ranjit Saimbi

Ranjit Saimbi from Cardiff is one of just ten writers highly commended in this year’s prestigious Bridport Prize short story competition for his story ‘Near Llandaff’.

The story was selected from over 4,300 entries by short story judge Monica Ali who said, “Reading through this year’s entries, I thought a lot about what makes a great short story truly great. The best ones make the back of your neck tingle. They make you feel newly alive to the world”.

Ranjit Saimbi is a debut writer, and Bridport entrant. His family are of the Ugandan Asian diaspora, expelled from Uganda in the 1970’s, and now settled in the UK. He was born in Cardiff, where he spent his formative years and graduated from Durham University with a first-class honours degree in English Literature. He now lives in London where he practices as a lawyer at an international law firm. He suspects he would be better served writing, and hopes that being Highly Commended for the Bridport Prize 2018 will give him the confidence he needs to make a go of it.

The Bridport Prize based in Bridport, Dorset, is one of the most prestigious open writing competitions in the English language with categories in poetry, short stories, flash fiction (stories of 250 words or fewer) and the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a first novel, named in honour of the Prize’s founder.

Established in 1973 and with over £18,000 in prize money to be won annually, the competition attracts entries from across the globe. This year over 12,000 writers from 79 countries competed for one of the 34 winner and highly commended awards.

The Bridport Prize is the flagship project of Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset, UK and the competition raises vital funds for the Arts Centre’s work each year.

The Prize is known as a tremendous literary stepping-stone – the first step in the careers of writers such as Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Kit de Waal and Helen Dunmore. The competition is open to anyone as long as the submitted work is previously unpublished.

An anthology of this year’s winning entries, including Ranjit’s short story, is available from the Bridport Prize website at

The competition for 2019 will be launched on 15 November with a closing date of 31 May 2019. Entries can be made by post or online with full information on how to apply available on the website here: