Entries open for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin House prize for young writers – Telegraph.co.uk
Long before he entered politics, Benjamin Franklin became a successful author with a series of annual pamphlets, Poor Richard’s Almanack, first published when the American founding father was in his late twenties.
Today’s young writers have the chance to make their mark even earlier, withÂ a literary prize set up in Franklin’s name celebratingÂ the best essay by an author under the age of 25.
Awarded annually, the Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize offers a prize of Â£750 (and Â£500 for second place) to the writer who produces the most impressive response to a line from Franklin’s works. This year’s quotation is from Poor Richard’s Almanack for 1738: “If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”
The prize is only open to UK-based writers aged 18 to 25, and entries must be received before October 31. All essays must be between 1000 and 1,500 words. As well as receiving a cash prize, the winner and runner-up will be featured on the Telegraph website.
Last year’s prize was won by Ben Harmer, a studentÂ at the University of Law, London, with an essay defending free speech and criticising the role of social media in propagating “fake news”.