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Women's Fiction Competition 2024 - Short Story

  1st Prize:
23 September 2024
Leone Ross

Your story

This competition is for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words. 


The winner will receive £3,000.

Three additional finalists will each receive £100.

The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2024 edition of Mslexia.

The winning entry, three finalists and eight additional shortlisted stories will also appear in Mslexia’s ebook anthology, Best Women’s Short Fiction 2024, published in December 2024.


The deadline for all entries is 23.59GMT, 23 September 2024.


Entrants will be notified of the outcome of their entry in November 2024.

The winner, three finalists and eight further shortlisted entrants will be announced in the December 2024 edition of Mslexia

How to Enter

Add the entry fee to your basket and proceed through the checkout (you will be asked to set up, or sign in to your Mslexia account during the process). Once the order is completed you'll be taken to a 'Submit' page where the entry form is located. You can submit at a later date by logging into your Mslexia online account and going to the 'competitions' tab.

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