Can You Write Like Jane Austen?

If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you don’t want to miss this.

My friends & colleagues over at Adams Media are running a Bad Austen writing competition.

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

How is it done?

  • Write a scene no longer than 800 words.
  • You are free to determine plot, characters, and setting.
  • Obviously the style must parody Austen.
  • Other rules apply, which you can read about here.

The top reader-voted scene will receive special recognition in Bad Austen, the book. So … go forth and write like Jane Austen!

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6 thoughts on “Can You Write Like Jane Austen?

  1. Steven M Moore

    Just my opinion, but the worst Jane Austen is Jane Austen herself. This drippy and boring 19th century schlock nearly tortured the writing creativity right out of me (see the "Bad Books" section of my blog posts). Fortunately, writers like Shaw and Wilde restored my faith in the power of the pen. (And I’m not just saying this because I’m Irish.) I know I’ll be labeled as an opinionated curmudgeon, but this contest proves a lot of people have little respect for Austen. She and others led us directly to the Harlequin romances, which are just above spiritually oriented self-help books on my reading list!


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