Enter Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020

Mum's eye view cr Judy DarleyThis year, Mslexia Fiction Awards include their Short StoryChildren’s & YA Novel, Flash Fiction and Memoir & Life-Writing competitions. The deadline for each is 21st September 2020.

Entry fees are £10 per short story, £25 per novel extract and memoir entry and £5 per flash fiction entry.

The winner of the Short Story competition will receive £3,000, plus 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.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by award-winning short story author and novelist Sarah Hall.

The winner of the Children’s and YA competition will receive £5,000. Judges are novelist Kiran Millwood Hargrave, novelist and children’s fiction critic Amanda Craig, and literary agent Joanna Moult.

As well as the top prize of £5,000, the winner and three finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London. The winner and finalists will be announced in the June 2021 edition of Mslexia magazine.

This year Mslexia is offering a number of sponsored entries for their Children’s & YA Novel Competition for low-income women writers. To apply for a sponsored entry, see the FAQs. You can donate a competition entry here.

First prize in the Mslexia Flash Fiction competition is £500.

The winner will be picked by Ingrid Jendrzejewski, editor of Flash Back Fiction and Flash Flood, Co-director of National Flash Fiction Day.

Three other flash fiction finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia.

If you’re looking to submit your poems or full length poetry collection, don’t worry, You can submit your work to the Mslexia Poetry and Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2020 (deadline 7th December).

The winner of the Memoirand Life-Writing competition will receive £5,000. Judges are novelist Kate Clanchy, Caroline Sanderson if The Bookseller; and literary agent Isobel Dixon.

As well as the top prize of £5,000, the winner and three finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London. The winner and finalists will be announced in the June 2021 edition of Mslexia magazine.

Find full details at www.mslexia.co.uk. Good luck!