Mslexia Fiction Competition 2019: Adult Novel


If you entered the novel competition by email due to website issues, please pay for your entry/ies using this page.

The entry form WILL NOT appear after payment.


1st Prize: £5,000

Judges:  Louise Doughty, novelist; Nicola Holloway, BBC Radio 4; and Charlotte Robertson, Literary Agent
Entry fee: £25 per novel extract
Closing date: 30 September 2019

We are excited to launch the Mslexia Adult Novel Competition for unpublished women writers.

As well as the top prize of £5,000 and the option of representation by agent Charlotte Robertson, the winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes the first 5,000 words of completed, unpublished novels for adult and/or young adult readers, of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).

Longlisted writers will be contacted in February 2020, at which point they will be asked to send us their full manuscript and synopsis. We DO NOT require a synopsis with your initial submission.

The winner and finalists will be announced in the June 2020 edition of Mslexia magazine, and will be contacted before publication of the issue.

Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

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.

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

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.

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



SKU: NC 19