The two runners-up for The Cheltenham Prize were Pam Turner of Newent with her story TWO-WAY TRAFFIC and Christine Griffin with ON A CLEAR DAY. Both receive £15 book tokens from the Suffolk Anthology bookshop. Congratulations!
Both stories are published as pages on this site.
The 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.
Yesterday 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.
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.
They 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.
Don’t be last past the post for the Cheltenham Prize. The competition closes on 4 June – unless the judge gives us extra time!