Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many enquiries about every aspect of the Cheshire Prize for Literature, so we have taken all the most frequently asked questions and answered them in this section. If you still can't find the answer to your question, please go to the Contact Us section for our contact details.

How do I enter?

Please send three typed non-returnable copies of your entry, along with an accompanying letter which includes the title of your entry and your name, address and a telephone number and/or email address, to: The Cheshire Prize for Literature, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester. CH1 4BJ. Alternatively, email entries can be sent to:, the entry must be attached as a Word document with a separate document containing a covering letter. If your address is outside the Cheshire area it would be helpful if you state why you are eligible to enter. Your entry must abide by the stated word/line count and be received by 1st September of the competition year. Please refer to the full Rules and Conditions section or download a copy of our leaflet.

Where can I obtain an entry form?

There isn't an entry form.

How much does it cost to enter?

There is no charge for entering the competition.

Can I submit more than one entry, and what will happen if I do?

Entrants may submit only one entry. In the event of us receiving more than one entry, the excess entries will be returned to the writer.

What format would you like my entry in?

We require three typed, non-returnable copies of the entry (if posting). There is no requirement for double-spacing. Design and artwork are not taken into account in the judging process as it is a literary competition.

Why can't I include my name and address on the entry itself?

Entries are judged anonymously to ensure scrupulous fair play. Any names or contact details on the entries will be removed/obliterated by whatever appropriate means. Entries are treated with the greatest of care and are individually logged on arrival to ensure safe-keeping. Please send an accompanying letter with your entry, including your name, address, telephone number or email address.

I don't live in Cheshire, can I still enter?

If you were born or have lived in Cheshire (for the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire includes the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton), then you can enter. If you work, study, or have studied in Cheshire, then you are also eligible to enter the competition. If your address is outside the Cheshire area, it would be helpful if you state the reason for your eligibility in your covering letter.

How much is the prize money?

The first prize is £2,000 with additional prize money of £750 distributed to the runners-up at the judges' discretion.

When will I know if I have won?

The winner will hear alongside everyone else at the Awards Evening! This exciting and not to say nail-biting evening, is usually held in the Autumn term. All entrants are notified of the booking details for the Awards Evening in advance.

How are the anthology contributors chosen?

In addition to the winner and the runners-up, the other best short-listed entries are also included.

How do I obtain a copy of an anthology?

The books are published by the University of Chester Press and can be ordered directly online, 01244 513305, from John Smith's bookshop on the University of Chester Parkgate Road Campus, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, 01244 383689, or through other bookshops or distributors.

How can I ensure that I am kept informed of future competitions?

If you are a previous entrant you are notified automatically of future competitions, so please ensure you notify us of any change in your address. Anyone else wishing to receive Cheshire Prize for Literature information can contact Jenni Westcott for further details.