october, 2020

30octAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Jane Austen's House Writing CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 500 (fiction, letter writing), 30 lines (poetry) Top Prize: Publication, publicity, free pass to Jane Austen's house

Jane Austen's House Writing Competition

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Jane Austen’s House is launching a new writing competition, ‘Little Matters and Universal Truths’, inspired by Jane Austen’s life, home and genius – and in response to lockdown and the small-scale way in which we’ve all been living our lives this year.

This competition, generously supported by Art Fund and East Hampshire District Council, is all about taking inspiration from everyday details.

In a letter to her sister Cassandra in 1808, Jane Austen wrote: ‘Little matters they are, to be sure, but highly important.’

Jane Austen’s writing, both her novels and the letters that she wrote throughout her life, are not miniatures, but they focus on the little details of domesticity and through them manage to create something much more universal.

2020 has been a year like no other and our lives have become much smaller than we could have imagined. In this competition, we want you to be inspired by your own ‘little matters’ and focus on your natural surroundings and the minute and domestic details that make up your everyday life.

There are three categories to choose from:

  • Letter Writing
  • Poetry
  • Fiction

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