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The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin
The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin
Historic Houses Association

The Historic House Short Story Competition

Publisher Corazon Books has partnered with the Historic Houses Association to launch a special short story competition with fantastic prizes. Writers are invited to submit a short story which is either inspired by or set in a historic house.

Ian Skillicorn, publisher of Corazon Books, says: "We are looking for a compelling tale with lots of atmosphere. It can take place in the past or present, in either a real or fictional setting, so writers can let their imaginations take them, and us, whenever and wherever they wish!"

The competition is being run to celebrate the publication of the The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin. This modern classic by the bestselling "Queen of Storytellers" has recently been reissued by Corazon Books in ebook format, in time to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It is the first of Gaskin's novels to be published digitally. The Property of a Gentleman is a tale of intrigue, mystery and romance, set in a fictional earl's ancestral home, in the dramatic landscape of England's Lake District.

The competition's unique prizes are in keeping with its theme. The winning writer and a guest will be treated to a private tour and afternoon tea with the owners of Levens Hall in Cumbria. The winner will also receive a cash prize of £150, and a double Friends membership for the Historic Houses Association. Two runners up will each receive a double Friends membership to the Historic Houses Association. Corazon Books also plans to publish an ebook anthology of the best entries, with each writer receiving royalties for their published story.

Richard Compton, President of the HHA, says: "A HHA Member property will offer great inspiration for budding writers and will make a fantastic setting for a short story. We look forward to partnering with Corazon Books and reading the entries in this unique competition."

Susie Bagot of Levens Hall says: “The Bagot family is very pleased to be associated with the Historic House Short Story Competition and looks forward to welcoming the winner to Levens Hall and telling them the story of this fascinating ancient house and garden.”

The competition will run from March 10th to September 26th 2014, and the winner will be announced during National Short Story Week (17th to 23rd November 2014). There is no fee to enter the competition.


About The Historic Houses Association
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents around 1500 privately-owned properties throughout the UK, from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Highclere Castle to smaller manor houses such as Traquair House in Scotland and Fonmon Castle in Wales.

Around 500 of these properties open to the public in some capacity and welcome 13 million visitors each year. Each property plays a part in enriching our national culture and informing our knowledge of history and our sense of place. However, maintaining these properties can be daunting. As the representative body of Britain’s private heritage, the HHA plays three main roles: to support and advise member properties; to lobby the government on their behalf; and to promote the opening and other services offered by member houses to the public.

About Levens Hall
Elizabethan Levens Hall and the famous topiary garden, reputedly the oldest in the world, have inspired many creative writers over the last three hundred years.  The Hall and Gardens are open from April to October welcoming thousands of visitors each year, and further background and full opening details can be found at


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