Eruditio et Salubritas (Learning and Health) is the motto of Cheltenham Borough Council, celebrating two and a half centuries of excellence in education and medical care. More recently it has become a festival town; racing festival, literature festival and almost every other festival one can imagine. In 2015 Cheltenham Writers’ Circle decided to add an open literary competition to sit alongside the town’s other cultural achievements.
The Cheltenham Prize is a cash prize awarded to the winner of this competition. There are other prizes as described in this blog, including a prize for local entries. The competition is organised by Cheltenham Writers’ Circle, supported by an initial grant from Cheltenham Arts Council. It is not part of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, although the presentation of the award will take place during Festival week in October 2016.
The 2016 prize will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. We intend to award the prize from time to time in later years to celebrate other literary anniversaries. The 2016 Prize will be for a short story of up to 2000 words; later competitions may be for other literary formats, including poetry.
The Cotswolds fold around Cheltenham on three sides.