_mg_2398The awards for The  Cheltenham Prize were presented at the Suffolk Anthology bookshop in Cheltenham last Sunday (9th October).  Kim Fleet presented the cash prizes and Helene Hewett presented the book tokens for the runners-up.

You will find the judge’s report on the appropriate page on this blog, followed by my report as organiser.  The judge’s report doesn’t name the prizewinners as the entries were judged anonymously, but as you can see from my previous post the overall winner was Robert Smith of Glagow and the best entry from a GL  postcode was Belinda Rimmer of  Bishops Cleeve.  Pam Turner and  Christine Griffin were the runners-up.

Robert’s entry, The Quality of Mercy, and Belinda’s entry Banksy each have a page to themselves and although the runners up didn’t get a chance to read at the Awards their entries, Two-way Street (Pam Turner) and on A Clear Day (Christine Griffin) are also published here.




_mg_2403Yesterday afternoon we held the Awards for our Cheltenham Prize and the winners are:

Overall winner:  Robert Smith of Glasgow with his story ‘The Quality of Mercy’

Best entry  from a GL postcode: Belinda Rimmer of Bishops Cleeve with ‘Banksy’.

The two runners up were Pam Turner of Newent with ‘Two Way Traffic’ and Christine Griffin of Gloucester with ‘On a Clear Day’.

The full  report on our Awards, hopefully with photos, will be published later this week together with the Judge’s report and my report as organiser.

Congratulations  to the  winners and thanks to all our competitors.




Yes it’s happening!  The Cheltenham Prize awards will be presented here in Cheltenham on the first Sunday of the  Festival of Literature, that is Sunday 9 October at 4 p.m. at The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham’s independent bookshop at 17 Suffolk Parade.  Suffolk Parade is just off Suffolk Square just south of the town centre and the bookshop is next  to the Festival ticket  office.

The cash prizes (£100 for the overall winner and £50 for the  best entry from a GL postcode) will be presented by local author Kim Fleet (see http://busywords.wordpress.com/meet-kim-fleet) and the book tokens for the runners-up will be presented by  the bookshop proprietor, Helene Hewett.

There will  be readings from the winning entries, either in person or by myself or a fellow  member of Cheltenham Writers’ Circle and I will deliver the Judge’s Report – which is quite short but very complimentary to all the entrants.  Tea and cake will be available and all  are welcome without charge.  The  event should be over  by 5 p.m., leaving you time to fit in another  event at the Festival.

The prizewinners will be announced shortly and after they have been notified individually the names will be published on this site along  with the judge’s report.IMG_1070




The Cheltenham Prize competition for 2016 is now closed.  Now it is all up  to the  judge.

We have had 77 entries to the competition, which is highly creditable for a competition in its first year,  Our blog has so far  had nearly 2000 views, the great majority obviously from the UK but with a significant interest from the United States and views fro 22 other countries.

The winners will be announced in September and the awards will be made at an event which Cheltenham Writers’ Circle will be organising to take place during the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in October.  All  entrants will be  invited and we hope that the GL prizewinners will be able to attend to receive their prizes in person.



Cheltenham racesThey never shift the finishing post at Cheltenham Racecourse but Cheltenham Writers’ Circle have shifted the deadline for the Cheltenham literary prize.  Last night they agreed  to allow entries until the end of June.  We know there are stories out there – they’ve been promised – so polish them up and  send them in.  The addresses for email and postal entries are on the page titled COMPETITION RULES.