Women’s Novel Competition 2017


1st Prize: £5,000

The winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors.

Judge: Philippa Gregory (novelist), Sarah Such (literary agent), Alex Clark (journalist)
Fee: £25 per novel extract
Closing date: 18 September 2017



We are excited to launch the 2017 Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition for unpublished women writers.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).

Novels must be for adult or young adult readers; non-fiction or fiction for children under 13 is not eligible. Please include a cover sheet for your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

For any questions about your entry, email novel@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.

Each entry fee allows you to submit one novel extract. If you would like to enter more than one novel, please ensure you select the correct number of entries below.