Annual Young Writers’ Competition at Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen's writing table at ChawtonThe annual Young Writers’ Competition at Jane Austen’s House Museum is entering its fourth year and is now open for entries.

Annalie Talent, Education Officer said ‘Next year is the 200th anniversary of publication of Pride and Prejudice and so we have made the theme of the competition First Impressions which was the original title of Jane’s best-loved novel.’

Entries should be short stories of 300-400 words and entrants can interpret the theme in any way they want.

Entry is open to all UK school pupils in school years 7-11. There are two categories: years 7 and 8 and years 9, 10 & 11. The competition will be judged by Professor Kathryn Sutherland of St Anne’s College Oxford and the Museum’s previous Writer-in-Residence, Rebecca Smith.

Museum Curator Louise West said ‘The competition has grown since we first established it in 2010. We want to encourage young people to find their own writing voice and to develop their own style. Entrants shouldn’t try to write in the style or voice of Jane Austen.’
The deadline for entries is Friday 26th April, 2013. A prize giving event will be held during Regency Week on the afternoon of 26th June, 2013. Further information and entry forms can be found on the Museum’s website or by ringing the Museum on 01420 83262.

The competition is supported by the Hampshire Branch of the Jane Austen Society.

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