30 September 2019.





Mslexia Fiction Competition 2019: Short Story.

Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its eleventh year. Not only will the winning writer get £3,000, 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 working on their writing at the stunning Moniack Mhor retreat, and mentoring 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.

More Details

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

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period


  • The winners and finalists will be announced in Mslexia magazine as follows: Short Story in the March 2020 edition.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Entries should be in English (or English dialect) and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Entries that have won or are under consideration in other fiction competitions are not eligible.
  • Self-published manuscripts are eligible.
  • Entries should not be a translation of another author’s work.
  • You do not have to subscribe to Mslexia to be eligible, but you do have to be a woman.
  • We will accept entries from women of any nationality from any country.

Opportunity Cost


  • 1st Prize: £3,000.
  • Entry fee: £10 per story.

How to Apply

first step:

  • Please submit your work typed, double-spaced on A4 pages, single sided, with pages numbered.
  • Your entry will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on the text pages of your entry.
  • Add a separate cover page with your contact details, plus the title(s) of the work you are submitting and the word count(s).
  • Once submitted, no alterations may be made to your entry.
  • Please note that the above formatting / cover page instructions are for ease of administration and we prefer you to follow them. However, if you forget anything or put details (titles, author name, word- or line-counts) in the wrong place, your entry will not be disqualified. We will only disqualify entries if they are over the word or line limit.
  • Your entry will not be returned, so please keep a copy. If you require confirmation of receipt of a postal entry, please enclose an SAE labelled ‘Acknowledgement’

Second step:

  • You may enter online at or send your entry by post. If entering online, there are full instructions on the website. 
  • If entering by post, mark your envelope ‘Mslexia Fiction Competition’ and send it to: Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ.
  • If entering by post, you can pay by cheque (payable to Mslexia Publications Ltd.) or by debit/credit card (phone +44 (0)191 204 8860 with your details). 

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This Scholarship Published by:
Nada Ahmed/ Egypt

Reviewed by “ Rahaf Elkhodary / Egypt
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