Jane Austen Short Story Award 2014

Short Fiction inspired by Austen’s Novels. 

This competition celebrates the life and works of Jane Austen. The closing date is 31st March 2014 so there is still time to enter.

chawtonlogoThey are looking for short stories of 2,000-2,500 words in length.

The theme is ‘a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels’. You can be inspired from any character, male or female. He or she must be recognisable in terms of personality and name but your story can be set in any location and in any time period. All genres are acceptable (crime, romance, literary, ghost stories, sci fi, etc but not children’s stories.) 

 First prize is £750 and the chance to discuss your current writing project with editor Caroline Oakley of Honno.

The Two runners-up will get £150 each and all three finalists will also win a week’s writers’ retreat at Chawton House.

Other shortlisted authors will receive £40 plus publication in the winners’ anthology

For more information about the competition, rules and the application form, visit the Chawton House Library website at www.chawtonhouse.org

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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