The Benjamin Franklin Lterary Prize
Benjamin Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society, to inform, and stimulate debate.
Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be published on our website.
The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is held in association with The Telegraph and endowed by Benjamin Franklin House Chairman John Studzinski, a leading executive and philanthropist.
Literary Prize Judges
- Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director of Benjamin Franklin House
- Lord Guy Black, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group
- Wendy Moore, English journalist, author, and historian
- Dr. Huw David, Director of Development at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
- Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group and Board Member of Benjamin Franklin House
The Franklin quote for interpretation in 2021 is ‘Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.’ Silence Dogood, No.8, The New-England Courant (1722). Please find details of how to enter below:
- Entries of 1000-1500 words must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2021
- Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK
- Each entrant is asked to provide their name, preferred email, postal address, and phone number within the email and the entry attached as a word document. In addition, entrants should provide their age and place of study (if applicable; if they are not in education, they should provide a biographical note explaining their current activities)
- Entrants may submit only one entry; fiction or non-fiction
Please contact our Education Manager with any queries.