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Chetham's Library, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
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Manchester Writing Competition: Award Ceremony and Anniversary Gala

Join us for a very special evening to award the 2018 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – and celebrate ten years of the Manchester Writing Competition with some special guests and an all-star line-up.

Established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, the Manchester Writing Competition has awarded more than £155,000 to its winners. We will be awarding two £10,000 prizes at this year's special event: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story.

The evening will open with a drinks reception and there will be short readings from each of the poetry and fiction finalists. Regular hosts James Draper and Matthew Frost return to present the evening and judges Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Niven Govinden, Livi Michael, Alison Moore, Adam O’Riordan and Nicholas Royle will be there to celebrate the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished writing. 

All are welcome and entry is free but advance booking is essential. Please reserve your places via Eventbrite to guarantee admission: Hosted at the iconic medieval Baronial Hall at Chetham's Library. Drinks reception from 7pm; ceremony starts at 7.30pm. Short-listed pieces will be available to read via in December.