The competition from Mslexia magazine is open to any genre of writing, if not every gender of writer. Only unpublished novelists are able to enter, although the rules do show that self-published manuscripts (and presumably novelists) are eligible. Winning does not guarantee a publishing deal, but the winner from 2011, Rosie Garland had her novel The Palace of Curiosities published by Harper Collins. This is an international competition.
Word limit: at least 50,000 words
Prizes: 1st – £5000
Entry fee: £25
Closing date: 21st Sept
Just submit the first 5000 words of your novel, no synopis is needed. Plus “The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy.” Those five will also be offered a chance to attend “a special networking event with literary agents.”
This year’s judges will be Maria Lewycka, Juliet Mushens and Di Speirs.