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The 2013 Young Writers Competition is Launched

December 4, 2012

The new Young Writers Competition has been launched by the Museum, which, this year, is being very generously supported by the Hampshire Branch of the Jane Austen Society.

2013 is a very special year for the Museum as it is the 200th anniversary of the first publication Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. Her first version of that novel was entitled, First Impressions and that is the theme for the 2013 competition. Entrants to the 2013 competition are required to write a short story of between 300-400 words in length, inspired by the concept of First Impressions.



The three judges will be Professor Kathryn Sutherland of St Anne’s College, Oxford, Patron of the Museum; Rebecca Smith, novelist and 2010 Writer in Residence at the Museum and the Museum’s Education Officer.

The First Prize-winner in each age group will be awarded a £50 Book Token, Second Prize-winner in each age group will be awarded a £30 Book Token, and  the Third Prize-winner in each age group will be awarded a £20 Book Token.  Do note that there will also be a prize for the school/college library of the First Prize winners in each age group.

The competition is open to young people who are resident and or attend school in the UK and are in school years 7-11. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: School Years 7 – 8 and School Years 9, 10 & 11.

Full details of the competition can be found on the Museum’s main website, here. All entries must be received at Jane Austen’s House Museum by 4pm on Friday April 26th, 2013.

The winning entries will be published on the Jane Austen’s House Museum website, and winners will be invited to the Museum to collect their prizes.

The rules, term and conditions of the competition can be found on the entry form, which can be downloaded from the Museum’s website, and which you can access via this link, here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. cathyallen permalink
    December 4, 2012 4:12 pm

    If next year’s entries are anywhere near as good as this year’s, the judges will have their work cut out for them! Good luck to all entrants.


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