Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Short Story


1st Prize: £3,000

Judge: Sarah Hall, award-winning short story author and novelist
Entry fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 21 September 2020

Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its twelfth year.

The winning writing will receive £3,000 and also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley.

In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to spend a week on an Arvon retreat, and receive a mentoring session with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy.

Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes fiction stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title).

Each £10 entry fee allows you to submit one short story. If you would like to enter more than one, please select the correct number of entries below.

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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