Short Story Contest Begins
January 1, 2011
In conjunction with the publication of the new anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Ballantine Books, Austenprose.com, and The Republic of Pemberley are pleased to announce an online short story contest. Enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize: publication of your entry in the anthology – a collection of original short stories inspired by the life and works of popular English novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817). Hosted by the Jane Austen web site The Republic of Pemberley, the contest begins on January 1, 2011. Publication of Jane Austen Made Me Do It is tentatively scheduled for publication by Ballantine in Fall 2011.
- Eligibility: Previously unpublished U.S. residents over the age of 18
- Entries must be approximately 5,000 words in length
- Manuscript submission January 1 – February 13, 2011
- Voting for the Top Ten finalists February 14 – 28, 2011
- Top Ten finalists announced on March 1, 2011
- One Grand Prize winner receives $500.00 and a contract for publication in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It
- Grand Prize winner announced Fall 2011 in conjunction with the official release by Ballantine Books (Random House, Inc.) of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Jane Austen Made Me Do It contains more than twenty best-selling and popular authors who have contributed short stories inspired by Jane Austen, her novels and her philosophies of life and love. From historical continuations of her plots and characters to contemporary spinoffs and comedies, the stories encapsulate what we love about our favorite author: romance, social satire and witty humor. Contributing to the line-up are best-selling authors Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Adriana Trigiani (Brava, Valentine), Lauren Willig (The Pink Carnation series), Laurie Viera Rigler (The Jane Austen Addict series), Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen), Stephanie Barron (Being A Jane Austen Mystery series), and the husband and wife writing team of Frank Delaney (Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show) and Diane Meier (The Season of Second Chances). Many Austenesque authors and others from related genres have also contributed stories to the project. One spot in the anthology remains open for the lucky Grand Prize winner.
The anthology’s editor, Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose.com, is very excited at the prospect of discovering the next star in the burgeoning sub-genre of Jane Austen sequels and inspired books. “Jane Austen has been inspiring writers for close to two hundred years. It seems quite fitting that she should be the witty muse of our anthology and short story contest. Encouraging writing and discovering new talent is in spirit with her true legacy. I am ‘all anticipation’ of what will develop, and am honored to be part of the selection team.”
Visit the official Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest web page for official contest rules and eligibility requirements. Best of luck to all entrants.
“[S]uppose as much as you chuse; give a loose to your fancy, indulge your imagination in every possible flight which the subject will afford.” Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 60
What a great idea, Laurel Ann! Congratulations on putting together so many great authors in this anthology. Best of luck to all those who submit their short stories for consideration.
Good luck! Unfortunately it’s not for people outside of U.S.A…
Fire and Cross
So exciting! Getting my thoughts together and preparing to sharpen my quill . . .
I’m really excited for this to be published! Can’t wait! And I see Adriana Trigiani is listed- yippee!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great opportunity I’ve start brainstorming already!
This would be such a great opportunity for any writer aspiring to publish– to be published among such an accomplished group and for such a giant of a publisher! Very exciting! Awesome endeavor Laurel Ann!!!!!
I wholeheartedly agree that dear Jane would be smiling down on this endeavor… Best wishes to all the aspiring contestants and I can’t wait for the publication of ‘Jane Austen Made Me Do It’, Laurel Ann! It seems like the fitting slogan to my life… =)
Wow! I have the perfect idea for this anthology! Off to write my entry!
Is anyone else having difficulty getting on to the Jane Austen Made Me Do It website, and http://www.pemberley.com? Please post if there is a different website or if the site is down for some period of time. Thanks! Excited about doing this and looking forward to reading stories, as well as posting one.
The Republic of Pemberley web site is down at the moment with server problems. Hopefully up again later today. Sorry for the inconvenience. LA