Creative writing prize: Mslexia 2022 Fiction Competitions


16 June 2022
This year's categories are children's novel, short story and flash fiction

For 2022, Mslexia is inviting entries from women writers for the following fiction prizes:

• Novel (Children's and Young Adult): The first prize is £5,000. The judges are Cressida Cowell, Imogen Russell Williams and Chloe Seager. Finalists will receive feedback from The Literary Consultancy and introductions to literary agents in partnership with New Writing North. Enter the first 3,000 words of a novel manuscript by an unpublished novelist (at least 20,000 words) for children and/or young adults. Longlisted writers will be asked to produce the full manuscript. The entry fee is £26.

• Short Story: The first prize is £3,000. Three additional finalists will each get £100, and the winners and three finalists will be published in Mslexia. The winners and eight shortlisted titles will be published in an ebook anthology. The judge is Diana Evans. Enter original, unpublished short fiction up to 3,000 words in any genre for adult or young adult readers. The entry fee is £12.

• Flash Fiction: The first prize is £500. Three additional finalists will each get £50. Winners will be published in Mslexia, and winners and eight shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology. The judge is Audrey Niven. Enter original, unpublished flash fiction up to 300 words. The entry fee is £6.

All entrants to the Mslexia contests must self-identify as a woman.

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The closing date is 19 September.

For full details see the website.


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