Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

Benjamin Franklin is one of history's great figures. While he made lasting contributions to 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 submissions will be posted at, 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

Marcia Balisciano, Director of Benjamin Franklin House
Lord Guy Black, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group
David Hawkins, Committee Chair of Benjamin Franklin House
Lady Joan Reid, Board Member of Benjamin Franklin House
Carole Richmond, Freelance Writer
Andrea Wulf, author of "The Brother Gardeners," 2011

2012 Theme

The 2012 Franklin quote is: "If you would persuade you must appeal to interest rather than intellect." Entrants should interpret this quote for its significance today.



For more information contact Sally James at Benjamin Franklin House, 020 7839 2006 or email