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  • Poetry: 4-7 Emily Simpson – The World Needs Everyone’s Help.
  • Short Story: 4-7 Ella Catherine Barrett – One, two, tree
  • Poetry: 8-10 Esme Alice Blue – Things I liked about our planet
  • Short Story: 8-10 Maia Russell – The Nature Dragon
  • Poetry: 11-13 Aurora Blue – A Letter to Earth
  • Short Story: 11-13 Eva Mallouris – What the World Once Was
  • Poetry: 14-16 Dannielle - Often
  • Short Story 14-16: Joseph Cannon with ‘A Cautionary Tale’
  • Poetry 17-18: Daniel Johnson ‘Miracles’
  • Short Story 17-18: Molly Nash ‘This Cat Grows Old’
  • Children’s Literature 19-24: Eleanor Cullen ‘The Monster who Moved to Ecotown’
  • Poetry 19-24: Connor Johnston ‘The Breadfruit Bone’
  • Scriptwriting: 19-24 Beth Westbrook ‘Awareness’
  • Short story 19-24: Eve Naden ‘Salvaged’
  • Children’s Literature 25 and over: Laura Hall ‘Willow: A Song of the Woods’
  • Poetry 25 and over: Philip Williams ‘Pale blue Dot’
  • Scriptwriting 25 and over: Ben Saunders ‘The Apple’
  • Short story 25 and over: Cathy Bryant ‘Interview'

Congratulations to all our winners. 

Details about the next competition will be posted later in the year and will launch on November 6, 2021.

Any queries about the competition should be emailed to cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk 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.

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