Cheshire: Don’t miss your chance to enter a literature competition

WORDSMITHS has an extra chance to enter Cheshire’s largest free literary competition.

A month is now ticking to enter as the deadline for the 2021 Cheshire Literature Prize hosted by the University of Chester and the Storyhouse Cultural Center has been extended to Wednesday 9 March.

The annual competition offers a cash prize and the rare opportunity for the best entries to be professionally published by the University of Chester Press in an anthology edited by senior members of academic staff.

The theme for 2021 is sustainability and submissions are invited in the genres of short stories, children’s literature, screenwriting and poetry. A competition for children was also introduced for the first time, alongside the competition for adults.

Simon Poole, co-editor of anthology; Judge; associate professor of cultural education; The head of the university’s Creative Practices in Education Masters Program and Senior Head of Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse said: “With tackling climate change high on the global agenda, the competition of this year’s Cheshire Prize focuses on the theme of sustainability, and pieces can explore any aspect of life in a ‘greener’ way.

“Thank you to everyone who has already participated – and if you haven’t already, don’t miss your chance over the next four weeks to share your talents and creative green solutions.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers to today’s and tomorrow’s environmental issues through fiction.”

The Cheshire Prize for Literature was founded in 2003 and is open to people with a connection to Cheshire’s historic border (including Wirral and Halton).

A winner and prize will be awarded in each category, along with the opportunity for winners, runners-up and shortlisted entrants to be selected to appear in the anthology.

For full details of the competition and to enter, please visit:

For more information on the previous anthology, Unlocked: Writing Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020, and to purchase a printed copy, please see:

The ebook version is also available through Google Play, Perlego and library collections including EBSCO, Ebook Central and Gardners.

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