he Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize
Benjamin Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society, to inform, and stimulate debate.
Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted here and also published online by media partner, The Telegraph.
The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is endowed by Benjamin Franklin House Chairman John Studzinski, a leading executive and philanthropist.
Literary Prize Judges
Marcia Balisciano, Director of Benjamin Franklin House Sarah Churchwell, Professorial Fellow of American Literature, IES
School of Advanced Study
Lord Guy Black, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group
David Hawkins, Committee Chair of Benjamin Franklin House
Lady Joan Reid, Former Board Member of Benjamin Franklin House
Rory Sutherland, Board Member of Benjamin Franklin House
Andrea Wulf, author of 'The Founding Gardeners' 2011.
2016 Literary Prize
The 2016 Franklin quote is :
‘Light often arises from a collision of opinions, as fire from flint and
steel’ - Benjamin Franklin, 1760
*Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK
*Entrants must provide their name, email, postal address, telephone number, age and place of study (if applicable; if they are not currently in education, they should provide a biographical note explaining their current activities)
*Entrants may submit only one entry; fiction or non-fiction accepted
*Entries of 1000-1500 words must be sent by 31 October 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the press release
2015 Literary Prize Winners!
The Franklin quote for the 2014 prize was
all Printers were determin’d not to print any thing till they were
sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed.” The
winning entry was written by
Hannah Pankow, a student at the University of Aberdeen.
Second place was awarded to
Sophia Bannert, an Architecture Assistant.
Hannah Pankow (left), first place
winner, and Sophia Bannert (right), second place winner, recieve awards
from House Director Dr. Márcia Balisciano at a reception held for
Read about the 2008-2014 Literary Prize Winners