The 2020 Cheshire Prize for Literature is a celebration of all the creativity that has flowered and continues to flourish during the pandemic.
This year the Prize is opening up its digital doors, in collaboration with Storyhouse, to accept digital submissions from all four categories of the past four years: poetry, short fiction, children’s literature and scriptwriting. The judges will choose one winner from each category. They will be looking particularly for original and inspiring responses to all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”.
- The 2020 Prize for Literature will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished piece of creative work in one of four categories themed around all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”.
- A short story up to 1500 words.
- A poem up to 100 lines.
- A piece of work aimed at children aged 7 to 14 either a short story up to 1500 words or a poem up to 100 lines.
- A playscript suitable for radio, theatre or television, no more than 15 minutes in length.
- The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in 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.
- Entrants can be any age, but those under 18 years of age on the 31st January 2021, will require written consent from a parent or guardian when submitting.
Entries will be judged anonymously, by a panel chaired by Simon Poole, Faculty of Education, and Senior Lead in Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse.
A £500 prize will be awarded to one winner from each of the four categories.
31st January 2021