Mslexia’s writing competitions were launched with our first Women’s Poetry Competition way back in 2004. Since then we have expanded our range to include competitions for single poems, poetry pamphlet collections, short stories, flash fiction and novels for adults and children.

As well as cash prizes, we also offer publication, mentoring, writing retreats, manuscript feedback and personal introductions to editors and literary agents for winners and finalists. As a result, many have gone on to see their work broadcast and/or published beyond the pages of Mslexia, and to achieve agent representation and publishing deals.

In 2018 we will be rethinking and rebranding our competitions and including some exciting new categories, to enable more women to find a genre that suits them. We’ll be announcing the full set of competitions early next year, so keep an eye on this page – or sign up for updates so that we can keep you informed.