Background Information and How to Enter

THE  CLEVELAND  AND  TEESSIDE  LOCAL  HISTORY  SOCIETY  PRIZE  2018

 The  J.T.Packett  Prize

 

Every two years the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society awards 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 prize was made possible by a bequest from the late Mr. John Packett, who was a Member of the Society for many years.

The Society is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its foundation in 2018.

As part of our fiftieth birthday celebrations, the closing date for the next Packett Prize will be within the jubilee year.

The closing date for entries for the 2018 prize will therefore be 1st December 2018.

The competition is open to any amateur historian or student whether they are a member of the Society or not.

All entries will be judged anonymously.

Your subject must be a local history topic, related in some way to the Cleveland and Teesside area. It could be something which relates to the whole district, or just to a small part – a town, a village, a street or a building. It could be about a person, a place, an activity, or a comparison between things. The possibilities are legion!

If you are not sure whether your chosen subject is suitable, or if you’d like to write about something more than about 20 miles from the River Tees, please contact our Secretary to check whether your choice will be acceptable.

Your sources of information must be clearly identified. You can include illustrations if you wish, but your entry will be judged on what you have written, so an essay with no illustrations will stand just as much chance as any other. You’ll be expected to confirm that your entry is original and has not been submitted for publication anywhere else, or for any other prize. The length of your essay isn’t important really. The judges will be looking for quality, not length. As a rough guide, you should be aiming at somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 words, but that’s only a very rough guide. Longer or shorter essays will be accepted. Each entrant will be expected to give permission for his or her essay to be published by the Society. This means that your essay may be published, in whole or part, in the Society’s journal, Cleveland History, the CTLHS Newsletter, or another appropriate place, including the Society web site, at the Society’s discretion. Even if you don’t win the £250 prize, you might still have the satisfaction of seeing your work in print.

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

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

Alternatively, please download an entry form (see below).

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.

 

ENTRY FORM

The JT Packett Prize is intended to encourage and recognize original research into the local history of Cleveland and Teesside, and the surrounding area.

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

However, as part of our fiftieth birthday celebrations, the closing date for the next Packett Prize will be within the jubilee year.

The closing date for entries for the 2018 prize will therefore be 1st December 2018.

The prize is awarded to essays written by amateur historians or students who have submitted work which in the opinion of the judges is of a standard to merit the award.

Download Entry Form