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The Benjamin Franklin Literary Prize 2008

Published: Tuesday 17th of June 2008

As one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin House believed in the power of the written word to inform and stimulate debate. For him it was the bedrock of a free and democratic society.

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize aims to honour this commitment to free speech by recognising talented writers.

Based on the theme 'What is ethical journalism?', this year's competition invites young and professional writers to submit an article between 1000 - 1500 words.

The winner of the Young Writers Prize will receive £500, while the winner of the Professional Writers Prize will win £1,000 and publication in a leading British newspaper.

Benjamin Franklin lived at 36 Craven Street in London between 1757 and 1775. He was a diplomat, patriot, scientist, inventor and philosopher, as well as one of the first American journalists.

London Pass holders can receive free entry to Benjamin Franklin House. The museum is also situated near London's theatre land where London Pass holders can enjoy up to 50 per cent off tickets for many West End shows.

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