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Jane Austen Writing Contest

Do you LOVE Jane Austens' work?

Do you LOVE writing?

Do you have a secret dream to write just like her? (Or in my case, to jump at the opportunity to write like Austen because it is so ridiculously hard?)

Then check out this great contest called Write Like Jane, where your love for both Austen and writing make a perfect combination ... just like Ms. Bennet and Darcy.

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