Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition



1st Prize: £5,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the March 2019 issue of Mslexia.

Judges: Sunny Singh, Leone Ross and Margaret Wilkinson
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 1 October 2018

Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its tenth year, now as part of our fabulous Women’s Fiction Awards. Not only will the winning writer get £5,000, they will 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, there is the opportunity to spend a week in glorious isolation working on their writing at the stunning Gladstone’s Library, and a day with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy and one that could really help you take your writing to the next level.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.

All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering.

For any questions about your entry, email competitions@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.

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

An entry form page will open automatically after payment. If this does not happen, or if you would like to send your work at a later date, please use the link in the payment confirmation email to access the entry form.

If you have left it until the last minute to enter and hit a snag whilst paying or uploading your work, please DO NOT panic: simply send an email to competitions@mslexia.co.uk, with your details and your entry/ies attached, straight away (so that we know you tried to enter within the deadline). We will contact you when the office is open to confirm your entry and arrange payment if necessary.

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