Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Children’s & YA Novel


1st Prize: £5,000

Judges: Kiran Millwood Hargrave, novelist; Amanda Craig, novelist and children’s fiction critic; and Joanna Moult, Literary Agent
Entry fee: £25 per novel extract
Closing date: 21 September 2020

The Mslexia Children’s & YA Novel Competition is back for another year.

As well as the top prize of £5,000, the winner and three finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London. The winner and finalists will be announced in the June 2021 edition of Mslexia magazine.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes the first 5,000 words of completed, unpublished novels for children and/or young adult readers, of at least 20,000 words in length.

Each £25 entry fee allows you to submit one novel extract (first 5,000 words). If you would like to enter more than one novel, please select the correct number of entries below.

This year we are offering a number of sponsored entries for our Children’s & YA Novel Competition for low-income women writers. If you would like to apply for a sponsored entry please see our FAQs. If you would like to donate a competition entry, you can do so here.

Have a question about formatting, eligibility, or anything else? Please see our comprehensive FAQs.

Be sure to read the rules before entering.

For any further information, call us on 0191 204 8860 or email



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