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Regional health writers set to go head-to-head

A quintet of regional press journalists is going head-to-head in the annual Guild of Health Writers’ Writing Awards.

The annual prize giving scheme celebrates the best in health writing and journalism across five different prize categories.

The shortlist in the Best Regional Newspaper Health Feature category is:

  • Liz Bestic, East Anglian Daily Times: The healing power of horses
  • Janet Boyle, The Sunday Post: Out of body Op cured little Katherine’s cancer
  • Liz Perkins, South Wales Evening Post: Small technology is going to be huge
  • Clare Semke, The News, Portsmouth: Fighting Alzheimer’s
  • Tom Shepherd, Oxford Mail: Justice for our cancer patients
  • This year the guild received a record number of entries with over 300 submissions from more than 100 writers, all vying for a share of the £6,000 prize fund.

    Subjects that made it on to the shortlist ranged from surviving teenage cancer to the implications of saviour siblings and other aspects of fertility while topical features on swine flu and the effects of alcohol were also covered.

    The judging panel included Lee Rodwell, health editor of Take a Break magazine and Dr Rob Hicks, a GP and journalist.

    The winners will be announced at a presentation at Chandos House, London, on 13 October. Visit to read the shortlisted entries in the other categories.