“Braddon Writing Contest”
Fancy yourself as a Victorian Sleuth? Want to have your say on the biggest scandal of the 1860s?
To mark the centenary of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s death, the ICVWW is delighted to announce the launch of a creative writing competition. The ICVWW invite you to consider her best known work, Lady Audley’s Secret from a refreshingly new perspective and submit a brief witness account of the sensational events in the text. You can pick a particular scene, character or plot twist or consider the whole story-the choice is yours!
Entries are restricted to a maximum of 200 words and can take any format, for example a police officer’s notebook, a newspaper cutting or a calling card. Entries are also encouraged via Facebook and via Twitter.
All entries will be posted on the project blog www.ladyaudleysecret.com and on the Mary Elizabeth Braddon website (www.maryelizabethbraddon.com) from where eight winning entries will be selected. These entries will then be hand-typeset and printed on the ICVWW’s Minerva letterpress during a special interactive workshop and collated into a booklet featuring a previously unpublished sketch by Braddon, to be distributed at the ICVWW summer conference in July.
The lucky overall winner will receive personal tuition in letterpress printing by the ICVWW Letterpress Reimagined Project Manager, Vicki Adams (you can read more about her previous work and the art of letterpress printing here www.letterpressreimagined.com) plus free entry to the ICVWW conference. The winner will also be encouraged to discuss the project and their entry as part of a roundtable discussion at the conference.
Entries can be submitted via twitter @ICVWW, via the ICVWW facebook page at or email to ICVWW@canterbury.ac.uk.