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Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition
MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN'S SHORT STORY COMPETITION - Now closed
A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy - we love to read it.
1st prize: £2,000
2nd prize: £500
3rd prize: £250
Three other finalists each receive £100
Judge: Jane Rogers
Jane Rogers has has published eight novels, including The Voyage Home and Island, and written original television and radio drama. She was shortlisted in the BBC National Short Story Competition in 2009 and has, amongst others, received an award for Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book and a BAFTA nomination for best drama serial. Jane also works as an editor in new writing anthologies, and is a Professor of Writing on the Sheffield Hallam MA course.
Competition Closed: look out for the winning stories published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia
2013 winners announced!
Three other finalists: Anne Corlett with 'The Man on the Platform', Eve Thomson with 'Shona and the Bosoms', Jennie Walmsley with 'Saturdays Only'
All six winning stories, and the judge's essay, are published in issue 58 of Mslexia, available now.
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"Winning the Mslexia Short Story Competition is wonderful and I still can’t quite believe it. When I got the email asking me to call – so I could be told in person – my immediate reaction was to think I’d done something wrong! I assumed I’d accidentally slandered a real person, plagiarised someone’s work, or done something else that would disqualify my entry. Ever the optimist!" – Francesca Armour-Chelu
The 2013 Judge
"...a good short story frames not just a credible now, but an implied past – and a stretch after the putative ending into infinite space. I guess that’s what is meant by writing that ‘comes off the page’: 3D is certainly possible on the flat page.
In my opinion, it is also true that what the story is about matters far less than the story’s way of seeing: the thing that makes it uniquely itself, whatever the notional everydayness of its subject matter. "
JANICE GALLOWAY read Music and English at Glasgow University, then worked as a school teacher for 10 years before turning to writing. She has published three collections of short stories – Blood (Vintage, 1992), Where You Find It (Simon and Schuster, 2007), Collected Stories (Vintage, 2009)) – as well as three novels, a volume of poetry and two memoirs, the most recent of which, All Made Up (Granta), came out in July 2012.
She has written and presented three radio series for BBC Scotland (Life as a Man, Imagined Lives and Chopin's Scottish Swansong), has written for theatre, opera, museum and other exhibitions, and works extensively with musicians, visual artists.
Her awards include the MIND/Allan Lane Award (for her novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing, 1989), the McVitie's Prize (for her novel Foreign Parts, 1994), the EM Forster Award, a Creative Scotland Award, Saltire Book of the Year (for her novel Clara, 2002, based on the life of Clara Schumann) and the SMIT non-fiction Book of the Year for her memoir This Is Not About Me (2009).
LISTEN TO THE 2012 WINNING STORY
"My baby’s mine, come out of me. I can’t see her face but her hair! There’s so much of it, sticks up like a hedgehog. I see nurse give it a stroke. Feels lovely I bet. They never let me touch her."
The beautiful and haunting story 'What goes around' by Tamsin Cottis is now available to listen to for free at Short Story Radio! The story is narrated by Lisa Armytage.
How to win a short story competition
We have taken the advice from a range of past judges of short stories and compiled it into a selection of top tips that give you some insider information into what short story judges are looking for when they're reading through all those submissions – and what to do to stand out. Click here to find out more.
FIVE YEARS OF THE MSLEXIA SHORT STORY COMPETITION
- The Starving Ghost by Francesca Armour-Chelu (Janice Galloway – 2013)
- What goes around by Tamsin Cottis (Tessa Hadley – 2012) (Listen to this story on Short Story Radio)
- Concessions by Cate Bailey (Jackie Kay – 2011)
- Love: A Painting by Sarah Klenbort (Tracy Chevalier – 2010)
- Wiggy by Beda Higgins (Helen Simpson – 2009)