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September 18 is the deadline for entries to Msexlia’s Women’s Novel Competition 2017. With a first prize of £5,000, the entry fee is £25 and they are asking for 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length for adult or young adult readers. However, you need to be an unpublished female writer. Finalists receive manuscript feedback. Check entry rules at https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/novel-competition-rules/ Judges are: Philippa Gregory (novelist), Sarah Such (literary agent), Alex Clark (journalist).

NO APOLOGIES for this reminder about our own Flash Fiction Competition (pinned at the head of our blog), with a prize of £100 and a deadline of midnight TOMORROW. We have been fascinated by your entries so far, but would like lots more… 

Erewash Writers’ Group invites entries for its Open Short Story Competition, with prizes of £100, £60, £25 and £15. They are seeking unpublished stories of up to 2,500 words on any theme. Entry fee is £3 for one, £5 for two and £2 per entry thereafter. Details from: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/

Writers & Artists has joined forces with Retreat West for a FREE short story competition. Deadline September 17. They are asking for 1,000 words, which must have a beach as the setting, and the winner will receive a place on Retreat West’s Plotting Retreat from 17-21 November. Please check the details at: http://writ.rs/retreatwestcompetition.

Bedford International Writing Competition want short stories of up to 3,000 words, or poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Prizes: £3000, £150, £100. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Deadline September 30. Details: http://www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

Manchester Writing Competition. Poem: three to five poems, max 120 lines total. Story 2,500 words. Fee: £17.50. Prize £10,000. Details: http://www.manchester-writingcompetition.co.uk

Books and the City Heatseeker Competition. 2,500 words. Entry FREE. Prize: mentoring session with Paige Toon and ebook publication of story by Simon & Schuster, with royalties. Details: booksandthecity.co.uk

The Henshaw Competition for a 2,000 word short story. Prizes: £100; £50; £25. Entry fee: £5, with critiques an additional £10. Details: henshawpress.co.uk. This latter competition is do-able. I have in my bookcase their anthology including my own winning story – and much enjoyed spending my £100 prize!

Do remember to check the details on the competition website – just in case.