Monday, 26 January 2009
JANE AUSTEN SHORT STORY AWARD
PIC: JANE AUSTEN IN HER COTTAGE GARDEN AT CHAWTON by TOM CLIFFORD
Here’s a new one from Chawton House Library in Hampshire in the UK: the Jane Austen Short Story Award.
It’s for a 2000 to 2500 story and the prize is £1,000. Two runners up get £200 each and all three finalists will also win a week’s writers’ retreat at Chawton House. (This has to be taken during the month of September 2009, which is very limiting, especially for those writers who are also parents.) Fifteen other shortlisted authors will receive £40 plus publication in the winners’ anthology.
Their site says: “The inspiration for your story can be taken from any theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it might even be a character or a single sentence that sets your creative juices flowing. Or perhaps your imagination will be fired by the Elizabethan mansion, Chawton House, where Jane Austen and her family often gathered, and now houses a rare collection of early women’s writing.”
Entry fee: £10 and the judge is Sarah Waters, though the story can be historical or contemporary.