We are delighted to announce the anthology of the winning and runners up stories of our Historic House Short Story Competition. We partnered with the Historic Houses Association to invite writers to submit a short story which was either inspired by or set in a historic house.
The competition was run to celebrate the publication of the The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin. This modern classic by the bestselling “Queen of Storytellers” 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, and has recently become a top bestseller for the second time!
Sunday in the Park with the Vampire by Kathryn Burke
Kathryn and a guest will be treated to a private tour and afternoon tea with the owners of Levens Hall in Cumbria. She will also receive a cash prize of £150, and a double Friends membership for the Historic Houses Association.
Trompy Thing by Jan Halstead
The Conqueror Worm by Stephen Edwards
Jan and Stephen will each receive a double Friends membership to the Historic Houses Association.
Also on the shortlist, and highly commended:
The Wilful Recalcitrance of Stone by James Rose
The Spark by Natalie Emma McConville
The Fig Tree by Melanie Whipman
Where The Mulberry Tree Stood by Jo Roberts
Whispers by Jasmina Svenne
The Yorkshire Defiance by Elizabeth Hopkinson
Shh by Pauline Clooney
All of these stories are published in the anthology Come into the House: tales of secrets, history and mystery, available from July 10th.
We received almost 200 entries to the competition, thank you to everyone who entered. Our shortlisted stories showed great imagination and creativity in interpreting the theme of the 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.”
About The Historic Houses Association
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents around 1590 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. www.hha.org.uk
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 www.levenshall.co.uk