Aspiring poets are invited to enter the annual High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2016, which has a £2,000 reward.

The 2016 prize will be for an original and previously unpublished poem or collection of poems. Individual poems should not exceed 50 lines and no more than 100 lines per entrant.

As well as £2,000 for the winner, additional prize money will be awarded for the best entries.

The closing date is September 1 and the winners will be announced at the awards evening on November 22.

Competition judge Dr Ian Seed, from the University’s Faculty of Humanities, said: “This prize is a wonderful opportunity for writers with a connection to the county to stand out.

The judging panel will be looking for poetry that is distinctive, gets under the skin, and leaves a lasting impression. We welcome entries from writers over the age of 18, who were born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire.”

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature has been running for 13 years, having been set up in 2003 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, John Richards OBE, DL.

Details of how to enter, and full competition rules, can be found at: