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Novel (Adult)


Hilary Mantel leads our judging panel for our Novel Competition 2021

‘There is a story only you can tell, and this may be your year to tell it. You can enter the Mslexia novel competition knowing that your work will be read keenly and with respect, and that the outcome might change your life' Hilary Mantel, DBE, author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy

Our competition is now open for manuscripts of at least 50,000 words for adult, or young adult readers. The first prize is £5,000. Winner and finalists receive professional manuscript feedback, pitch training and introductions to agents and editors. 

Our judging panel this year is Hilary Mantel DBE (award-winning author), Marianne Tatepo (founder of Black Agents and Editors' Group) and Jo Unwin (CEO of JULA literary agency). 

Previous winners and finalists go on to be published at the highest level - including Imogen Hermes Gower with The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Polly Clark with Larchfield, Frances Perkins with The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr, Laura McVeigh with Under the Almond Tree, and many more.

Closing date: 20 September

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Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 - Novel for Adults
Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 - Novel for Adults

1st prize £5,000. Finalists receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and personal introductions to literary agents arranged in partnership with New Writing North. For novels of at least 50,000 words in any genre. Submit first 5,000 words only in the first instance. Longlisted entrants will be asked to submit their finished manuscripts later in the judging process. Entry fee: £25. 

Novel (Adult) Winner