Top Ten Finalist Announced in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

Your votes have been tallied and the top ten short stories have been chosen in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. Without further ado…

The Top Ten stories listed alphabetically by author are:

  • No 54 – Sophy and the Armada, by K. Ann Adams
  • No 56 – The Love Letter, by Brenna Aubrey
  • No 25 – The Marrying of Margaret, by Tracie Banister
  • No 78 – Assuming: A Tale of Persuasion, by Hannah Cowan
  • No 23 – Carpe Diem, by Jane Greensmith
  • No 85 – Mary Bennett Falls Head Over Heels, by Jenni James
  • No 70 – The Lost Portrait of Jane Austen, by Miranda Liasson
  • No 31 – Attempting Elizabeth, by Jessica Melendez
  • No 04 – Spinning White Hair Gold, by Megan Snider
  • No 16 – Mr. Collins Last Supper, by Shannon Winslow

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest 2011 graphicSelected from 88 entries, these top ten stories represent the voting public’s choice of their favorite stories in the short story competition that ended on February 28, 2011. The top ten finalist will advance to the next round in the competition. Myself and my editor will choose the Grand Prize winner among them and they will be included in the new short story anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do it, to be released on 11 October 2011 by Ballantine Books. The balance of the stories are still available to read online at the story contest board.

A big thank you to Myretta Robens of The Republic of Pemberley for hosting and facilitating the contest, and congratulations to all of the short story entrants for an incredible selection of Austen-inspired stories – and to our top ten finalist – best of luck!


Laurel Ann

Jane Austen Made Me Do It is available for pre-order from major online retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon and your favorite local brick and mortar bookstore. It will also be available in eBook format.

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Finalist Announced in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

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  1. Congratulations to all the finalists!

    Just curious though as to why the stories of the top 10 finalists have been taken down and are not available to read. Personally, I was waiting for the field to be narrowed in order to read the stories because it is virtually impossible for me to read 88 short stories in such a limited time.

    so I’m very disappointed not to be able to read the stories that made it to the finals. I’m sure many readers are like me and were not able to read all the stories and would love to read those that made it.

    Any plans on restoring them for the viewing public?


    1. Hi Lyne, thanks for your interest. The Top Ten finalist stories are all being considered for the Grand Prize winner. Until the announcement of the winner in Oct, they are under exclusive contract with the publisher. Nine of them will be re-posted after the announcement. Sorry to keep you in suspense for so long. Publishing is a slow wheel.


  2. I’m thrilled to be a finalist and I see that I’m in great company. Thank you for running the contest. It has been a wonderful experience so far.

    Brenna Aubrey


  3. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to Laurel for giving folks like me such a great opportunity to display our storytelling skills. Looking forward to reading JAMMDI this fall!


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