JANE AUSTEN LITERACY FOUNDATION WRITING COMPETITION 2021
The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writing Competition provides a creative opportunity for writers, uplifting reading for the community and the chance to participate in choosing the winner.
The winner will be named the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writer of 2021. The winning stories (the winner and two runners up) will be recorded as an audiobook by multi-award winning and best-selling Austen narrator, Alison Larkin, published WORLDWIDE and promoted for all to hear! Click here for our 2020 Winning Stories Audiobook.
The theme of the competition is ‘Connection’ and you are invited to write an original, fictional short story. Your story does not need to relate to Jane Austen in any way - as long as it is original and fictional, you have free rein. No further guidance will be provided - we encourage you to be creatively inspired by our theme!
The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation panel of judges will shortlist three finalists which will be published on the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation website/platforms (with the author identities kept confidential) for a two-week public vote, to select our winner. The winner will be announced by the end of May.
The Winner and two runner up stories will be released as an audiobook for Christmas 2021, along with an e-book of these stories and five Highly Commended stories (chosen by the judges) for us all to enjoy. All proceeds from the audiobook and e-book go to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
The competition is open to everyone around the globe (aged 16+). Perhaps you have never written a short story before or entered a competition – do not fear! Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting video tutorials from experienced and successful short story writers on our social media channels to help you (follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @JaneAustenLF).
Whether you wish to enter or not, please support this initiative by sharing details of the competition with your friends and family, book clubs, writing groups and anyone else who may be interested.
Before you start writing:
Please click here for the Entry Guidelines, including details of how to enter:
Please read the guidelines carefully before you start writing and before you submit your entry, as any breach of the Entry Guidelines will result in exclusion from the competition.
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