Women’s Short Story Competition 2015

Closing Date
Competition closed at 23.59 on Monday 23 March

We’re thrilled to announce that our fantastic Women’s Short Story Competition 2015 is open for entries. Suitable for writers of all levels of experience, winning the competition gives you excellent exposure to the literary world and gets your work published in Mslexia‘s June issue (not to mention the tasty £2,000 prize). What’s not to like? Entries must be no longer than 2,200 words, but the rest – subject, style, and all that jazz – is up to you. Happy writing!

PS if you’re struggling to put pen to paper, we’ve specially-commissioned three writing workshops by Linda Anderson, designed to get you scribbling

1st prize: £2,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre, and a day with a Virago editor.

2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize £250 and three other finalists will each receive £100. All winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Entry fee: £10 per story

Judge: Alison MacLeod

Please read the competition rules below before entering. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call us on 0191 204 8860.

‘I’ve been floating on a little cloud ever since I received the phone call. I thought it was good enough to enter, but I never dreamed it was good enough to win.’
Jackie Brewster, winner of the Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2014.


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