A reminder that the deadline for the inaugural Mslexia Competition for Best Unpublished Female Novelists is approaching. The judges include literary agent Clare Alexander, author Sarah Waters and broadcaster Jenni Murray. The competition is open to novels in any genre for adults or young adults written by previously unpublished (female) authors. Entries should be the first 5,000 words of the book, which must already have been completed, and must total at least 50,000 words. Closing date: 30 September. Entry fee: £25. First Prize £5,000. See the Mslexia website for more information about how to enter.