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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.

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

For full terms and conditions please see the link to the right of this page.

To enter please apply  HERE

Please note all applications must be submitted via the online form.

You can only enter one category and only submit one entry.

All entries should be submitted as a Word document

All Word documents MUST be anonymous

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 March 9, 2022.

Any queries about the competition should be emailed to or phone 01244 511344.

History of the Prize

The Cheshire Prize for Literature was founded in 2003 by the then High Sheriff, John Richards OBE DL, and Dr Bill Hughes from the University of Chester. It is open to people with a connection to the historic Cheshire boundary (including Wirral). It is one of the few free-to-enter literary competitions and offers not only a significant cash prize for the winner but also the rare opportunity for the best entries from the previous year to be published professionally by the University of Chester Press in an anthology edited by a senior member of academic staff.

Traditionally operating on a triennial cycle of short stories, poetry and children’s literature, in 2019 a new category for scriptwriting was introduced. The University was delighted to form a partnership with Storyhouse, which forms such an important new part of the cultural offering in Cheshire.