ASPIRING children’s authors are in with a chance of winning £2000 in this year’s High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature competition.

Writers have until September 1 to submit their entry to the annual competition, which is organised by the University of Chester and sponsored by MBNA.

The theme of this year’s competition is Children’s Literature, and entrants are asked to submit a previously unpublished piece of writing aimed at children aged between seven and 14. It may be in prose or verse, and a prose entry should not exceed 1,500 words while a verse entry should not exceed 100 lines.

The writer must be aged 18 years or over by the competition’s closing date and the writer must have been born, lived, studied or worked in Cheshire.

The best entries will b e published in an anthology by the University of Chester Press.

Full competition rules can be downloaded from