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Free Short Story Resources from Mslexia

Article by Alison Wells © 7 March 2014.
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If you’re thinking of submitting to Mslexia’s 2014 Short Story Competition, they’ve commissioned a series of writing workshops by Louise Doughty specially designed to tickle your creativity and give your short story an edge in the competition.

Mslexia be publishing a new workshop on their website every week until the competition closing date, but to whet your appetite look at the website now for workshops one-five – all about finding imaginative ways to start and shape a story. The whole series of workshops will be available on their writing workshops page over the next few weeks.

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 2014 issue of Mslexia.

Our judge this year is the award-winning novelist, short story author and scriptwriter Jane Rogers. The closing date for the competition is 17 March 2014, so there’s still plenty of time to get your story submission-ready. 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.

Once you have your story ready, full details of how to enter are on the Mslexia website plus there are FAQs and advice about entering online, or you can always call them on  0191 204 8860 or 0191 204 8860 for more information.

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Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.