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Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 - Short Story

  1st Prize:
20 September 2021
A L Kennedy
Your story

This competition is for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words, in any genre, for adult and/or young adult readers. 


The winner will receive a cheque for £3,000.

The winner will also be offered a mentoring session with a specialist literary agent.

Three additional finalists will each receive £100.

The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2021 edition of Mslexia.

The winning entry, three finalists and eight additional shortlisted stories will also appear in Mslexia’s inaugural ebook anthology, Best Women’s Short Fiction 2021, published in December 2021.


The deadline for all entries is 23.59GMT, 20 September 2021.

Entrants will be notified of the outcome of their entry in November 2021.

The winner, three finalists and eight further shortlisted entrants will be announced in the December 2021 edition of Mslexia

How to Enter

Add the entry fee to your basket and proceed through the checkout. Once the order is completed you'll be taken to an on-screen confirmation page. Click the 'Enter Now' button (you may need to scroll down on the page to see this) and you'll be taken to the entry form. To submit at a later date, please create a Mslexia account (or login to your Mslexia account) before or during the checkout process.

Visit our Entry Instructions for a more comprehensive guide on how to enter, and be sure to read our Rules before submitting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about formatting, eligibility, or anything else?

Please see our Entry Instructions. Be sure to read the rules before entering. For any further information, call us on 0191 204 8860 or email