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.
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.
Aspiring Jane Austen fan fiction writers take heed.
The Jane Austen Short Story Contestis 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!
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Eligibility: Previously unpublished U.S. residents over the age of 18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. Continue reading →