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The 2022 Cheshire Prize for Literature is now open for applications.

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This year there is no theme and entrants can write about anything that inspires them.

There are three age groups:

  • Primary (4-11) for short stories or poetry
  • Secondary (11-18) for short stories or poetry
  • Over 18 for short stories, children's literature, poetry or scrptwriting

You must live or have lived, work or have worked, study or have studied in Cheshire (including Wirral, Warrington and Halton)

Short stories should be a maximum of 1500 words

Poetry should be a maximum of 100 lines

Children's literature should be aimed at 7-14 year olds and can be a story or poetry adhering to the word limits above.

Scriptwriting should be a maximum 15 minute playscript.

You can enter a maximum of two categories but can only enter one entry in each category.

The closing date is January 31st 2023.

Full terms and conditions are available to the right of this page.

Please enter by sumitting your entry on the form below (from November 6, 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.