Following requests from teachers we have extended the entry deadline until 16 October 2020!
BLT19 is a literature project at the University of Greenwich. BLT19 stands for “Business, Labour, Trade and Temperance and 19th-century Periodicals”. We are fascinated by the origins of how we think about work, because, by understanding the history of the stories we tell, we can imagine – and perhaps work towards – alternatives. We have set up this website to feature some of the Victorian periodicals (magazines) focused on work. Many of them ran stories that illustrated how we should behave at work, while others just tell you what the job involved.
We called the competition “Trading Places” because it’s all about putting yourself into one of the many work situations that are described on the site – imagining you are in such a work place, surrounded by the kinds of people, customs, rules, regulations described in the magazines: what does it feel like? What might the story of your life be in such a situation?
Take a look around the website. Browse through the periodicals, the blogs, and at our student stories inspired by what they have found here. There are lots of images as well as lots of words: maybe you will start wondering what stories might lie behind them.
Magazines on the website:
- the Building World for builders
- the Law Times for lawyers
- the Meat Trades Journal for butchers and meat importers
- the Navy and Army Illustrated for would-be military personnel
- the Stationery Trade Review for newsagents and stationers
- and, in general, the British Workman and
- the British Workwoman.
We want to know what stories you can tell in reaction to what these magazines say. Your story doesn’t have to be set in Victorian times but you need to tell us what on the website inspired your story and why.
We’ve got two categories:
- one competition for ages 12-15 and
- One for ages 16-18.
Each category has three prizes:
- 1st – £100 in vouchers
- 2nd – £75 in vouchers
- 3rd – £50 in vouchers
HOW TO ENTER
If you are aged 12-15, write a short story (1500 words maximum). You don’t need to set the story in Victorian times, but you do need to add a short account (200 words maximum) saying what on this website inspired you and explaining why you decide to write the story as you did. [please note that because you are under 16 years old you will need to ask your parent or guardian to submit the entry on your behalf].
If you are aged 16-18, write a short story (2000 words maximum). You don’t need to set the story in Victorian times, but you do need to add a short account (250 words maximum) saying what on this website inspired you and explaining why you decide to write the story as you did.