The Austen Project pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s six complete works: Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. Taking these well-loved stories as their base, each author will write their own unique take on Jane Austen’s novels. The Austen Project will launch with the release of worldwide bestseller Joanna Trollope’s reimagining of Sense & Sensibility in October 2013, and will continue with Val McDermid’s reworking of Northanger Abbey in Spring 2014 and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride & Prejudice in Autumn 2014.
We’re calling on all aspiring young writers aged 16 -18 years old to enter a piece of original writing – nonfiction or fiction – on the theme of “Jane Austen: Re-imagined”. Entries will be judged by best-selling author Joanna Trollope, whose witty modern-day reinvention of Sense & Sensibility launches The Austen Project – a major new series pairing six contemporary writers with Jane Austen’s six completed works.
The winning piece will demonstrate and celebrate key themes in Jane Austen’s novels and what they mean to you – from love, to social class, to gender equality.
Entries can be written in the form of:
• a letter to Jane Austen
• a blogpost
• an essay
• a short story
• a piece of fan fiction
Entries must be no fewer than 1,000 words and no more than 5,000 words.
The winning piece will be published on The Austen Project website and the winner will be given a day at HarperCollins’ London offices, meeting the publishing team and having lunch with an editor and literary agent. Joanna Trollope will also come in to the winner’s school, to talk about Jane Austen, and we will supply the school library with 10 copies of HarperFiction’s gorgeous pocketbook edition of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, introduced by Joanna Trollope.
To enter, submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org