Courses and Competitions: Mslexia Novel Competition 2015

Mslexia CompetitionMslexia’s Women’s Novel Competition is still open. If you’re a previously unpublished woman’s novelist then you can submit your novel for the chance to win £5,000.

Mslexia are looking for novels of 50,000 words and over in any genre as long as it is written for adults or young adults.

The closing date is 21st September 2015. At this point, they are asking for the first 5,000 words by the closing date. The full manuscript will then be required in October if your novel makes the shortlist.

The fee to enter is £25 per novel.

Judging the competition this year is novelist, Marina Lewycka, literary agent, Juliet Mushens and Di Speirs, the Books Editor at BBC Radio & Music.

The first prize is £5,000. The winner and four other finalists will also receive free professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy and will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London. The winner will be announced in the Mar/Apr/May 2016 issue of Mslexia.

To help with your submission, Mslexia have put together some workshops which you can view here:

For more information, Mslexia contact details and details on how to enter visit


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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