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Occasionally a short story competition comes along that gives you a thrill of creative excitement.

The competition set up by Hampshire Cultural Trust in association with Jane Austen’s House Museum is like this. Perfect for all of us who can’t get enough of our idol, even in this 200th anniversary year of her death. Aren’t we so steeped in Jane Austen that we might have a chance this time of writing something which will catch the judge’s eye?

Stories must be no more than 2017 words and respond to the quote from Mansfield Park ‘Selfishness must always be forgiven you know because there is no hope of a cure.’

One snag – the closing date is 28th February. Website: http://janeausten200.co.uk/competitions