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Call for submissions: Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award 2017

The Cheval Trust is inviting submissions from young writers in or from Wales for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award 2017.

Set up in 2009, in memory of the poet Terry Hetherington, Cheval has created a community of poets and authors and supports young writers embarking on their creative journeys. Since 2012, an annual anthology of selected submissions has been published by Parthian Books including favourite works by past winners. The Cheval community has been organising the Poems and Pints monthly open mic events in Neath, bringing together talented authors and performers. The funds raised from these events go towards the organisation and prizes of the Young Writers Award, offering £1000 for the first place winner, as well as the publication of the anthology. 

Edited By Jonathan Edwards and Rose Widlake, Cheval 9 has been widely praised by readers and critics. It contains a selection of the best work submitted this year to the Terry Hetherington Award, which has become known as one of the most significant awards for young writers in Wales. The anthology also collects new work by previous winners, including Tyler Keevil, Anna Lewis, Thomas Morris and Katherine Stansfield. What this adds up to is an anthology which thrillingly represents the reality of where new Welsh writing is now, offering readers the chance to discover brand new names and to enjoy the work of established masters.

Competitors should be aged between 18 and 30 years old on the 31st of January for the application year. They must also:

1. Be resident or studying and/or on contract in Wales, or

2. Have their main home in Wales, but are studying or on contract outside Wales. 

For more information on the award, visit chevalwriters.org.uk or submit your work here by January 31, 2017.