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Calling Creative Young Writers and Artists

JASP2023 is honoring the spirit of Jane Austen's youthful writing with two contests for our younger participants. Prizes for both contests will include JASP goodies and age-appropriate Austen swag.

And don't forget to register for JASP2023! Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can attend at a discounted price.


First up is a creative fiction contest to see who can produce the best (or funniest) "recognition scene" imitating the generic convention that Austen pilloried in "Love and Freindship" (sic). A recognition scene is a dramatic scene in which the hero or heroine encounters a long-lost parent or grandparent and yet—somehow—the two recognize one another as kin.

Young writers and their adults are invited to attend a short workshop with JASP presenter Lesley Peterson about what the recognition scene is, and how to create their own. The workshop will be held on April 20th, and recorded for those who can't attend. Entries will be published on our website.

Writers have until May 11th to polish their short entry (500-1000 words). You can register and submit at this link.


Our second opportunity for young creative types is a coloring contest, using coloring sheets by JASP presenter and founder of Duniath Comics, Georgie Castilla (see more about Georgie here). Completed entries will be used to adorn our meeting areas at JASP2023 and be published in our online gallery.

You can find full instructions and the downloadable coloring sheets here. As with the Writing Contest, entries are due May 11th.


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