As a reader of Mslexia, I’m happy to pass on details for their 2013 short story competition – and some great exercises and an online workshop to boot:

2013 mslexia women’s short story competition.

The competition is for unpublished stories of up to 2,200 words by women writers.

1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library* and a day with a Virago editor**

2nd Prize: £500

3rd Prize: £250

Three other finalists win £100 each. All winning stories will be published in issue 58, the Jun/Jul/Aug 2013 edition of Mslexia.

Judge: Janice Galloway

Closing date: 18 March 2013

Mslexia have provided some writing exercises and advice on the form on their website:

If you would like a little extra inspiration, you can now listen to the haunting and moving 2012 winning story, ‘What goes around’ by Tamsin Cottis, at Short Story Radio:


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I shall have to get writing!

    • It’s so difficult to keep up with all opportunities – but I subscribe to Mslexia (‘for women who write’) and really enjoy the articles and new work (poetry and short prose) they have in each edition.
      They also have other themed competitions each issue, judged and edited by major names – plus some great blogs and workshop exercises on their website. Well
      worth a look.
      Good luck with the competition! X

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