New Writing Competition: Jane Austen Parody Contest, “Bad Austen” – winners get published, win cash!

1 December 2010

Join the esteemable company of Ms. Jane Austen! In the tradition of the Bulwer Lytton Contest and the Bad Hemingway and Bad Faulkner contests, here’s your chance to pen a scene of a “classic” novel Jane Austen never wrote.

How is it done?

* Everything is done through – register, submit your scene, and spread the word to get people to vote for your entry!

* Sharpen your wit, let your imagination run wild, and write a scene (no longer than 800 words, please!).

* You are free to determine plot, characters, and setting.

* Our only requirement is that the style must parody Austen.

Deadline: The Contest entry period will begin on November 15, 2010, and continue until March 1, 2011.

* Other rules apply, which you can read about here:

* WHAT YOU WIN: Our distinguished panelists ( will read all of the entries on the website to decide which awful scene submissions to feature in a Bad Austen compilation that will be published in Fall 2011 by Adams Media ( The Grand Prize winner will also receive $250 in addition to being in the book. Readers can also vote for your favorite scenes on the site, and the top reader-voted scene will receive special recognition in Bad Austen.

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