The competition’s first prize is £2,000 – one of the biggest prizes available in the genre –and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at the home of early women’s writing, Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,050 prize pot, and all of the winning stories will be published in the June 2013 issue of Mslexia. Our judge this year is the acclaimed novelist, memoirist, poet and short story author Janice Galloway (her ‘Collected Stories’ is published by Vintage).
If you’re still looking for inspiration, or ways to spruce up your entry, there are three specially-commissioned writing workshops devised by Katy Darby on our website at www.mslexia.co.uk/shortstoryworkshop. And if you would like a little extra inspiration, you can listen to the haunting and moving 2012 winning story, ‘What goes around’ by Tamsin Cottis, at Short Story Radio: mslexia.shortstoryradio.com
The closing date for the competition is 18 March 2013. You can enter and pay online any time before midnight GMT on the day of the deadline. And if you’re entering by post, you can pop it in a post box any day up to and including 18 March.
If you have any queries, you can log on to our website at www.mslexia.co.uk/shortstory for FAQs and advice about entering online, email email@example.com or call us on 0191 204 8860 for more information.