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The Cheshire Prize for Literature 2021

The 2021 Cheshire Prize for Literature is now open with a theme of sustainability, open to all genres (short stories, children's literature, scriptwriting and poetry), and for the first time ever we are encouraging children to enter as well. We are delighted to be in partnership with Storyhouse again.

With tackling climate change at the forefront of the world’s agenda, this year’s Cheshire Prize competition will focus on the theme of Sustainability. The COP26 summit has been taking place in Glasgow with minds from around the world coming together to offer solutions to the climate crisis. We’d love to hear your responses to these issues through fiction – either a short story, piece of poetry, script or children’s literature piece (this can be a script, story or poem, for children ages seven to 14). We would love to hear your creative green solutions in this year’s competition and your piece can explore any aspect of living in a ‘greener’ way.

This year we are introducing a children’s competition and want to encourage all ages from four to 100 to be creative. Please see below for age groups and which category is open to each age group.

Age range:

4 – 7: Poetry and Short Stories

8 – 10: Poetry and Short Stories

11-13: Poetry and Short Stories

14-16: Poetry, Short Stories and Scriptwriting

17-18: Poetry, Short Stories and Scriptwriting

19-24: All categories

25 and over: All categories

One winner from each category and a prize will be awarded to each category as well as the opportunity to be selected to appear in the Anthology, published by University of Chester Press. Winners in the 4-16 categories will win book tokens. Winners in the 17 and over categories will win cash prizes.

The closing date for the competition is January 31, 2022.

Any queries about the competition? Get in touch via email or phone 01244 511344.

The competition is open to anyone who has lived, worked or studied in Cheshire (including Wirral and Halton).