As the judge is Sarah Waters – I think it might be worth having a go submitting a GLBT story…
ETA: Check the rules: The competition is open to writers of any nationality who have not had a work of
full‐length fiction published
…the competition that celebrates the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s arrival in the Hampshire village of Chawton – where she spent the most productive years of her literary life.
Our intention is to publish the very best short fiction inspired by Jane Austen or Chawton House – a place she knew well.
We are looking for short stories of 2,000-2,500 words in length. The inspiration for your story can be taken from any theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it might even be a character or a single sentence that sets your creative juices flowing. Or perhaps your imagination will be fired by the Elizabethan mansion, Chawton House, where Jane Austen and her family often gathered, and now houses a rare collection of early women’s writing.
Stories can have a historical or a contemporary setting – anything goes as long as it is well written and you state on the entry form exactly what inspired you to write it.
The Chair of judges for this award is Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet, and Fingersmith. Futher details about Sarah can be found Here.
First prize: £1,000. Two runners up: £200 each. All three finalists will also win a week’s writers’ retreat at Chawton House. Fifteen other shortlisted authors will receive £40 plus publication in the winners’ anthology.
The closing date for entries is the 31st March 2009.
To Download an entry form click here (PDF)
To Download the rules and entry criteria click here. (PDF)