How to Enter

The 2017 High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature is for Children's Literature.

The 2017 Cheshire Prize for Literature is for an original and  previously unpublished piece of writing for children.  The entry may be in prose or verse. A prose entry should not exceed 1,500 words. A verse entry should not exceed 100 lines. The intended readership is seven to 14-year old children.The entry must be all the author's own work.

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

The first prize is £2,000 and there are runners' up prizes of £750 which are awarded at the judges' discretion.

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 must be aged 18 years or over on 1st September 2017.

3. Entries must be received by 1st September 2017. 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 cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk, 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, from the Department of Education and Children's Services  at the University of Chester. The decision of the judging panel will be final. No correspondence can be entered into concerning individual entries.

6. By entering the competition the writer consents to their work being published.

Enquiries about eligibility, or requests for further information, should be directed to:

The Cheshire Prize for Literature,
University of Chester
Parkgate Road,
Chester,
CH1 4BJ
Tel: 01244 511344
Email: cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk

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