The  J. T. Packett  Prize

Every two years the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society holds the Packett Prize Competition.

The competition is normally held every two years, with entries submitted by 31 March of the year in which the competition is held.

The next closing date for receipt of entries is 31 March 2023.

The competition seeks to encourage new research about the local history of our area, and new authors. We do not accept entries from professional historians or essays that have been already published elsewhere.

We award a prize of £250 for a newly researched essay on a local history topic.

The judges, at their discretion, may award an additional prize of £50 for an essay which, in their view, shows potential.

The competition was made possible thanks to a bequest from the late Mr. John Packett, who was a Member of the Society for many years.

Please remember that this competition is not open to professional historians.

The prize is intended to encourage amateurs and first-time writers to have a go.

Even if you don’t win, you will have the satisfaction of researching your chosen subject, and you may see your finished work published in Cleveland History.

If you are interested, the next step is to obtain a Competition Entry Form and more details.

You can find more details here.

You can obtain a Competition Entry Form here.

Alternatively, you can get these from the Secretary to the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society by e mail to or by writing to the following address: The Secretary, CTLHS, 13 Tasman Drive, Hartburn, Stockton on Tees TS18 5LA.