In Spring (still, just about) an unpublished female writer’s fancy turns to thoughts of the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition. That’s right. It’s baaaaaaacccccccck.
So if you are an unpublished woman novelist with a book of 50,000 words written for adults or young adults in your drawer, it’s time to dust it off. There is an entry fee for the competition, but Mslexia is a prestigious competitions and past authors have parlayed a Mslexia win into representation and publication. The 2011 winning novel The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland was published by HarperCollins, and Lu Hersey’s Deep Water – the winning entry in the Children’s Novel Competition – secured a publishing deal in 2014. So if you have something that you think has potential, then it might be well worth giving it a polish and sending it in.
1st prize: £5,000
The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and and an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.
Entry fee: £25 per novel
Judges: Judges: Marina Lewycka (novelist), Juliet Mushens (literary agent), Di Speirs (Books Editor, BBC Radio & Music Production)