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The Publications and Conference Committee of the Brontë Society is pleased to announce the opening of the new Creative Competition.
The three categories of this year’s competition are: Short Story, Poetry, and Illustrations of a Brontë novel. And we have three first-class judges:
Short story - Dame Margaret Drabble
Poetry - Simon Armitage, CBE
Illustration - Victoria Brookland
In the first category, short stories, the challenge will be to create a story around one of the minor characters in one of the seven Brontë novels; for example, in 'Jane Eyre', Helen Burns’ life before she came to Lowood School.
In the poetry section we are looking for unusual personal responses to one of the Brontës' novels or poems.
For the illustration section, a new visual strand, we are looking for black-and-white illustrations of a specific scene, as described in one of the novels.
£500 first prize, £250 second prize, and £100 third prize will be awarded in each category. Entry fee is £10.
More information and forms here.
The deadline for entries is 31 January, 2014.
The awards will be made at the Annual General Meeting of the Brontë Society in June, 2014.
New Brontë Society Executive Director Professor Ann Sumner said: ‘This is the third year of the competition, and we value this fantastic opportunity to engage with creative writers and artists and continue the Brontë legacy. The Brontë Society would particularly like to thank Trustee Sarah Fermi for initiating the project, and for her continued support of it.’