Creative writing prizes: Mslexia Women's Fiction and Poetry competitions
Mslexia has launched its 2019 prizes for novel, short story, flash fiction, poetry and poetry pamphlets
The Mslexia Women's Fiction Competition 2019:
• Flash Fiction. Enter stories up to 300 words to win a first prize of £500 and three runners up prizes of £50. The judge is Kathy Fish and the entry fee is £5 per flash fiction.
• Short Story. Enter short stories between 300 and 3,000 words. The first prize is £3,000 plus two optional extras: a writing retreat at Moniack Mhor and mentoring by an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each win £100. The judge is Irenosen Okojie and the entry fee is £10 per story.
• Adult Novel: Enter the first 5,000 words of a completed novel for adult readers by an unpublished woman novelist. The first prize is £5,000 and the offer of representation by literary agent Charlotte Robertson. The winner and four runners up will receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors. The judges are Louise Doughty, Nicola Holloway and Charlotte Robertson and the entry fee is £25 per novel.
The closing date for Mslexia Women's Fiction Competition 2019 is 30 September.
The Mslexia and PBS Women's Poetry Competitions 2019:
• Women's Poetry Competition: Enter three poems of any length for the entry fee of £10. The judge is Malika Booker. The first prize is £2,000 plus optional mentoring and a writing retreat. There a second prize of £400 and a third prize of £250. 17 finalists will each get £250 and the best entry by an unpublished poet will win £250.
• Women's Pamphlet Competition: For women who have not previously published a full collection. Submit up to 24 pages of poetry (up to 20 poems). The entry fee is £20 and the judge is Amy Wack. The winner's pamphlet will be published by Seren Books and the winner will get £250.
The closing date for The Mslexia and PBS Women's Poetry Competitions is 16 September.
For full details see the website.
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