Courses and Competitions: Mslexia Short Fiction Competition 2017

sscompprod-500x500Back for its ninth year, the Mslexia short fiction competition is now open for 2017.

The competition is open to women of any nationality and from any country.

All genres are welcome.

The entries should be between 300 and 3,000 words (excluding the title.)

The first prize is £2,000. There are also two optional extras of a writing retreat at Gladstone Library and a day with an editor from Virago Press for the person who wins. Three other finalists will receive £100. All four entries will be published in the June edition of Mslexia.

The judge this year is Deborah Levy.

The closing date is 20th March 2017. The entry fee per story is £10 and they ask that you include a cover sheet with your entry.

For more information on this competition and also the new flash fiction competition, click on this link:


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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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