Austen Sweepstakes Offers Grand Prize of Trips to Bath

Trips to Bath, England, are the grand prizes of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Sweepstakes 2016, to coincide with the city’s annual Jane Austen Festival in September 2016.

The sweepstakes, which honors Jane Austen, her work, and the many readers around the world who have made her a literary icon, comes in the midst of a series of Austen anniversaries—the 200th anniversaries of the publication of her novels from 1811 to 1817, and of course the 240th anniversary of her birth last month. I wanted to mark these important dates, as well as the publication of my own trilogy, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, in a way that recognizes her literary importance and also gives back to her many readers around the world.

My goal in the trilogy is to examine life and love for an intelligent woman in 1805, and to recognize Austen by imagining how an author of her skills would have tackled topics that were forbidden to women writers in her times. Just as I treat her seriously as a person and an artist, this contest provides a serious and meaningful reward for the people who have turned her into one of the most respected and best-loved writers of all time.

Participants may enter The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen travel sweepstakes daily from January 4, 2016, through April 14, 2016, for a chance to win either of two grand prizes, depending on whether they reside in the U.S., Canada or Great Britain:

Grand Prize Trip for two adults from the U.S. or Canada to London and Bath, England. Grand prize includes round-trip air travel (economy class) for two adults to London, a one-night lodging in London, two round-trip train tickets to Bath, three-night lodging with daily breakfast in Bath, and specified local tours and activities.

Grand Prize Trip for two adults from Great Britain to Bath, England. Grand prize for residents of Great Britain includes round-trip train or airline travel (economy class) to Bath, depending on which mode of travel is more cost-efficient from the winner’s residence in Great Britain. Three-night lodging in Bath with daily breakfast, and specified local tours and activities.

No purchase is necessary for sweepstakes entry. People can enter daily, and those who use Twitter to tweet about it can receive extra entries for themselves.

In Bath, each Grand Prize winner and his/her travel companion will enjoy free two-day admittance to the Jane Austen Festival, which begins Friday, September 9; a three-night stay with daily breakfast at Three Abbey Green, a Four Star Gold Award guest house in the heart of central Bath; a tour of Bath and the surrounding countryside including Jane Austen’s house; the famous Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, the iconic Pulteney Bridge and Weir, Royal Crescent and King’s Castle among other sites; an exclusive tea with Hemingway, author of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen; and signed copies of his new novel.

As the one-time home of Austen, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath and the surrounding county of Somerset are favorite destinations for Austen devotees from around the world. Bath, in the picturesque valley of the River Avon, is also the setting for several pivotal chapters in The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, which critics have praised for the quality of the writing, its compelling love story, its sensitive treatment of the historical Austen, and its meticulous research.

Travel must take place September 7, 2016, to September 12, 2016, in conjunction with the Jane Austen Festival in Bath The U.S. or Canada Resident Grand Prize Winner and his/her travel companion must travel together on the same itinerary and must travel to/from London on the following dates: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and Monday, September 12, 2016. Air travel will be via round-trip, economy class airfare for two adults to London from a major airport nearest to the U.S. or Canada Resident Grand Prize Winner’s home.

The Grand Prize trips do not include additional travel, meals, or other costs not specifically listed in the Description of Grand Prizes or any miscellaneous expenses, as explained in the Official Rules.

Throughout the sweepstakes, entrants may also win one of four monthly prizes, which will include signed copies of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen and an exclusive conversation via Skype about the novel with the author.

Residents of the U.S., Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) and Great Britain may enter the contest here. If you would like to “Like” the novel’s Facebook page, please do so here.

13 thoughts on “Austen Sweepstakes Offers Grand Prize of Trips to Bath

  1. To win this trip would fulfill a life long Dream!! I spent a half a day in Bath as part of my daughters Make A Wish trip and it is my dream to return for the Jane Austen tour and festival.

  2. I’ve entered this wonderful sweepstakes. What a trip of a lifetime! I then received a screen that my entry isn’t counted until I click on the confirmation link in an email that you should have sent to me.

    That was hours ago and I never received an email. So I just entered again to see if I’d get the required email…..nothing.

    Can you help?

    And no, it’s not in the Spam folder. 🙂

    1. Elizabeth, thanks for entering and apologies for any difficulty. Of the many hundreds of entries so far, this is the first I’ve heard of this problem. I will make sure your entry was properly registered; if not, I’ll get back to you. Good luck!

  3. Ms. Acosta, thanks for your generous reaction to my story. The sunset scene you asked about contains Jane’s thoughts in the opening paragraph of Chapter 8: “Children exhausted the last of a year’s pent-up energy in games and gallops, knowing instinctively that the wealth of provisions neatly stacked in barn and bin ensured a full belly throughout the winter. Enough foliage remained in the canopy to daub the trees with a flare of autumnal colors, the careless extravagance of a Master flicking the last of the paint from a brush.”

    I don’t have any actors in mind for any of the roles … just hope the book catches the interest of someone interested in a movie trilogy or perhaps a 10-12 part miniseries.

    Yes, Highclere is actually in Hampshire, not far from the Austen haunts, though Downton places it in Yorkshire. Austen probably knew of Highclere, though in those days it had not yet been elevated to the grandeur it now exhibits.

  4. What a grand trip! I’m doing this for my wife my bride for 55 years. As well as a Mother’s Day gift of a lifetime

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