Cover Reveal of Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart , edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)

Waving my flag for the cover of my book Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and feeling incredibly fortunate and humbled by the reality that this is really happening after so many months of hard work by many.

For the benefit of anyone who does not know, Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart is a short story anthology of Jane Austen-inspired stories from 23 best selling and popular authors. It releases on 11 October, 2011 from Ballantine Books, and I am the editor. I am also the luckiest Janeite in the world to see my dream come true. *sniff*

If you are so inclined, the book may be pre-ordered at many online booksellers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Now I need that shot of port please.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

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!

Cheers,

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

Last Day to Vote for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Entries

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest 2011 graphicMake haste. Voting closes today 2/28/11 at 11:59:59 pm ET in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest.

I am really pleased at the incredible turnout. 88 aspiring Austenesque writers submitted stories for your consideration and enjoyment. All of Jane Austen’s major novels, her life and and some of her minor works are represented.

Your vote could decide who makes it into the Top Ten and advances into the final round in the selection process. Don’t pass up the opportunity to have your say.

A big round of applause to all the authors. You are all winners just by writing and submitting a story, but one among you will be chosen to be included in the new anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It to be released by Ballantine Books on 11 October, 2011.

Good luck to all!

Laurel Ann

Read the stories & vote

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest submissions end – voting begins!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest 2011 graphicCongratulations to the eighty eight (88) writers who submitted Austenesque stories to the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. Well done indeed!

All of the stories are posted online at the official contest board, so please head on over and start reading before you cast your vote for your three favorite stories. Voting will continue until February 28, 2011 and the Top Ten will advance to the final selection committee. The lucky winner will be included in the new Austen-inspired short story anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and be announced on 11 October 2011.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

It’s Not Too Late to Enter The Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest 2011 graphicAspiring Jane Austen fan fiction writers take heed.

The Jane Austen Short Story Contest is accepting manuscripts until February 13th, 2011. You can read the full details of the contest, including the rules for submission, at the official contest website hosted at The Republic of Pemberley. We have ten stories entered so far that can be read online. Voting for the top ten stories begins on February 14th, 2011. The lucky winner will have their story included in the new Jane Austen inspired short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, to be published by Ballantine Books on October 11, 2011. Good luck to all!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Announcing the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest 2011 graphicThe Jane Austen Made Me Do It

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.

Contest Highlights

  • 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

New Jane Austen Short Story Anthology Announced Today

Hot off the presses is an announcement today in Publishers Weekly of a new Jane Austen short story anthology to be published by Random House in 2011. The collection will include approximately twenty stories inspired by Jane Austen, literature’s witty muse of the modern novel and astute observer of human nature and the heart.

Readers familiar with Austen inspired paraliterature will recognize many popular authors among the list of those contributing and a few surprises from best selling authors who greatly admire Austen’s works. Contributing to the line-up are best selling authors Karen Joy Fowler (Jane Austen Book Club), Stephanie Barron (A Jane Austen Mystery Series), Adriana Trigiani (Brava, Valentine), Lauren Willig (The Pink Carnation Series) and the husband and wife writing team of Frank Delaney (Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show) and Diane Meier (The Season of Second Chances). Approximately twenty Austenesque authors and others from related genres have already committed to the project including:

Pamela Aidan (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Trilogy)

Elizabeth Aston (Mr. Darcy’s Daughters, & Writing Jane Austen)

Stephanie Barron (A Jane Austen Mystery Series, & The White Garden)

Carrie Bebris (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series)

Diana Birchall (Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, & Mrs. Elton in America)

Frank Delaney (Shannon, Tipperary, & Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show)

Monica Fairview (The Darcy Cousins, & The Other Mr. Darcy)

Karen Joy Fowler (Jane Austen Book Club, & Wits End)

Amanda Grange (Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, & Mr. Darcy’s Diary)

Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, & The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte)

Diane Meier (The Season of Second Chances)

Janet Mullany (Bespelling Jane Austen, & Rules of Gentility)

Jane Odiwe (Lydia Bennet’s Story, & Willoughby’s Return)

Beth Pattillo (Jane Austen Ruined My Life, & Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart)

Alexandra Potter (Me & Mr. Darcy, & The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather: A Novel)

Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino Bradway (Lady Vernon & Her Daughter)

Myretta Robens (Pemberley.com , Just Say Yes, & Once Upon a Sofa)

Maya Slater (The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy)

Margaret C. Sullivan (AustenBlog.com, & The Jane Austen Handbook)

Adriana Trigiani (Brava Valentine, Very Valentine, & Lucia, Lucia)

Laurie Viera Rigler (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, & Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict)

Lauren Willig (The Pink Carnation Series)

In addition, a short story contest hosted by the venerable The Republic of Pemberley website will be held to fill one slot in the anthology for a new voice in Austenesque fiction. Further details on submission and manuscript deadlines will be posted here and at Pemberley.com.

And if you were wondering how I know so much about the project, I have been secretly working on it for months and will be the editor. I’m the luckiest Janeite in the world!

Cheers, Laurel Ann

© 2007-2010 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose