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The 2019 High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature is for Scriptwriting.

The 2019 Cheshire Prize for Literature is for an original and previously unpublished playscript for theatre, radio or television no more than 15 minutes in length. The scripts should be set in one location and feature no more than three actors, you may also use virtual social networking characters if you wish to. The first stage is the submission of a one-page treatment between 500-800 words.  The entry must be all the author's own work; otherwise entry is open in terms of subject and content.

12 of these submissions will be commissioned to produce the 15 minute playscript and will be awarded £50 on submission.

Four entries will then be chosen to be performed and judged at a live performance on November 29, 2019 at Storyhouse and will receive a further £50.

A variety of prizes will be available to choose for the winner.

The Competition is open to residents of Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and Halton including those who have ever lived, worked or studied in the area.

Rules and Conditions

1. The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in the historical or modern county of Cheshire. For the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. Documentary evidence of eligibility may be required.

2. Entrants can be any age, but those under 18 years of age on the 1st July 2019, will require written consent
from a parent or guardian when submitting.

3. Entries must be received by 1st July 2019. Three typed, (non-returnable) copies of the entry should be sent to: The Cheshire Prize for Literature, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ. The writer’s name should not feature on the entry itself. A covering letter should include the writer’s name and address, telephone number and/or email address, and the title of the entry submitted.   Alternatively, email entries can be sent to, the entry must be attached as a Word document with a separate Word document attached containing a covering letter. There is no charge for entering the competition. Entrants may submit only one entry. Entrants from outside the county must state the reason for their eligibility.

4. Entries will be judged anonymously, by a panel chaired by Simon Poole, Faculty of Education, University of
Chester and Storyhouse. The decision of the judging panel will be final. No correspondence can be entered into
concerning individual entries.

Please contact us on the details below with any enquiries about eligibility, requests for further information, and requests to be added to the Cheshire Prize for Literature mailing list.


The Cheshire Prize for Literature
University of Chester
Parkgate Road

Tel: 01244 511344