Although the entry fee is high, Mslexia are aiming at a wide range of authors, including new writers and women who have struggled to find an agent in the past. They'll also accept self-published novels.
The brief submission guidelines are as follows:
Closing date: 30 SeptemberEntry fee: £25
Send up to 5,000 words – which must be the first 5,000 words of your novel. Please make sure you have finished the novel (at least 50,000 words) before you send your entry.
You can find more information on the Mslexia novel competition page.