Friday, 23 August 2013

Harper's Bazaar Launches Exciting Literary Prize Competition

About a week ago, I received an email from Harper's Bazaar, the glossy, luxury, fashion magazine aimed at the upper end of the market.  I have been invited to both encourage my readers and myself to participate in a unique opportunity with Harpers Bazaar.  The magazine is giving writers a chance to submit a short story in their newly launched literary prize competition.

Here are the details:

On Monday 5th August Harper's Bazaar, honoured its literary heritage by launching its own short story competition.

The prestigious brand, edited by renowned author and journalist Justine Picardie, is inviting both published and novice writers to enter a 3000 word short story on the subject of 'Spring'.

The winning entry will be published in the May 2014 issue of the magazine and the chosen author will have the privilege of choosing a prestigious first edition book from Asprey's Fine and Rare Books Department to the value of £3,000.

They will also get to enjoy a week long retreat at Eileen Shona House, on the 2000 acre private island off the coast of Scotland, where JM Barrie wrote his iconic screenplay for Peter Pan.

All entries are to be submitted to and entries will close on 13 December 2013.

The theme of inspiring literature is woven throughout the September issue with a reprinted Virginia Woolf  tale from the Bazaar archives, alongside a fashion piece by the contemporary writer Margaret Atwood.

Harper's Bazaar is also hosting an exclusive literary festival in Mauritius with Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson heading the line up.  The week will feature poetry and book readings, alongside author discussion a grand gala dinner.

Harper's Bazaar has an extraordinarily rich literary heritage with authors including Nancy Mitford,  Evelyn Waugh, WH AudenVirginia Woolf and Truman Copote having contributed to the magazine in the past.

Announcing the short story competition in the latest issue, Editor In Chief, Justine Picardie said:  "Harper's Bazaar has an incredible literary tradition reaching back to its inaugural issue in 1867.  The launch of our Short Story Prize both honours and perpetuates that heritage.  We are thrilled to launch the prize in our most comprehensive fashion issue of the year, celebrating first class writing and intelligent fashion, and we look forward to revealing the winner early next year."

Here is a link to the live section on the website: 

Good luck!

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