Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition is open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre. To enter the competition, entrants should send up to 5,000 words – which must be the first, 5,000 words of the novel. The winner will receive a prize of £5,000 and the top twelve entrants will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London. All entries, along with a £25 entry fee, must be received by September 23. This year’s judges include Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid, and Charlotte Robertson.