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
- Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director of Benjamin Franklin House
- Lord Guy Black, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group
- Nigel Newton, founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing
- Wendy Moore, English journalist, author, and historian
- Dr. Huw David, Director of Development at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
- Rory Sutherland, Board Member of Benjamin Franklin House