“we are delighted to be launching a new writing competition, ‘Little matters and Universal Truths’, inspired by Jane Austen’s life, home, genius – and in response to lockdown and the small- scale way in which we’ve all been living our lives this year.


Eligibility for each category:

Word count: 500 words (Fiction and letter writing) 30 lines (Poetry)

Deadline: 30th October, 2020

This competition, generously supported by Art Fund and East Hampshire District Council, is all about taking inspiration from everyday details.

In a letter to her sister Cassandra in 1808, Jane Austen wrote: ‘Little matters they are, to be sure, but highly important.’

Jane Austen’s writing, both her novels and the letters that she wrote throughout her life, are not miniatures, but they focus on the little details of domesticity and through them manage to create something much more universal.

2020 has been a year like no other and our lives have become much smaller than we could have imagined. In this competition, we want you to be inspired by your own ‘little matters’ and focus on your natural surroundings and the minute and domestic details that make up your everyday life.

We welcome entries from across the globe. There will be one winner per age range, per category, and one ‘local hero’ winner from our Hampshire based entrants.

The winning pieces will be featured in a special gallery on our website and shared on our social media channels. The winners will also receive an annual pass to Jane Austen’s House and a goody bag from our Gift Shop.

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