Humankind: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2022

Humankind: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2022


In Humankind we journey through a tapestry of human experiences that span the globe and touch the heart. This extraordinary anthology invites you to explore the intricacies of the human spirit, showcasing the myriad ways in which we connect, empathise, and rise above adversity. Dive into a collection of thought-provoking tales that illuminate the resilience, kindness, and ingenuity that define our species. From the desolate apocalyptic streets of an unknown city to the serene villages of rural Africa, from the mysteries of alternative dimensions to unexpected time-travelling, these stories traverse both time and place, celebrating the diversity of our shared humanity. Meet characters who confront extraordinary challenges with unwavering determination, embrace strangers with open hearts, and discover the transformative power of empathy.

Humankind is a tribute to the beauty of our collective journey, where the bonds we forge and the stories we share remind us that, despite our differences, we are all part of a remarkable tapestry of humankind. Join us on an unforgettable odyssey that will leave you inspired, moved, and with a profound appreciation for the incredible potential of the human spirit.

The Cheshire Prize for Literature was inaugurated in 2003 as the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature. It is administered by the University of Chester in collaboration with Storyhouse. The 2022 competition was for poetry, short fiction, children’s literature and scriptwriting and this anthology contains the entries shortlisted for the prize, including the winners and the runners-up. Details of the prize are available at

Edited by Simon E. Poole and Harry Parkin, University of Chester


Lauren Archer; Lucy Birchall; Esme Alice Blue; Martha Iris Blue; John Buckley; Valerie Bundy; Joseph Cannon; Alicia Deighton; Robin Donovan; Catherine Faulds; Mark Stephen Fitzsimon; Jeremy Fletcher; Aaron Haviland; Jack Haworth; Elisha Heyes; Carol Howard; Jan Hurst-Nicholson; Dannielle Jones; Renee Jordan MBE, Ilsa Kelly; Erin Molyneux; Eve Naden; Kathryn Ratzko; Roberto Rodriguez; Ella Scott; Dylan Thomas; Jane Thomas; Angela Topping; Jack Waring

Bibliographic information

Simon E. Poole and Harry Parkin (Editors), Humankind: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2022, 2023, ISBN 978-1-910481-16-5, £10.99.

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