Exiled Writers Ink is an organisation that brings together writers from repressive regimes and war-torn situations and it equally embraces migrants and exiles. Exiled Writers Ink develops and promotes the creative literary expression of refugees, migrants and exiles, encourages cross-cultural dialogue and advocates human rights through literature and literary activism. The network provides a platform for the work of writers living in the UK and mainland Europe through performance, publishing, training and education activities. We believe that the literature and culture of exile can provide a focus for communication and integration throughout society and act as a force for positive change.

Exiled Writers Ink was formally established in 2000 and is a registered charity.


Not From Here


March 2017

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Tales from this side of Exile


Monday 27th February 2017

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Exiled Lit Salon

An exciting new initiative. The promise of all sorts of exciting interactions.


Tales From This Side Of Exile

Monday 27th February at 7:30 pm
Cafe Brioche, 238 West End Lane, London NW6 ILG (West Hampstead tube)
Entry fee £5, EWI members and asylum seekers £3
Alev Adil from Cyprus
Nasrin Parvaz
Michael Zand both from Iran
Alfredo Cordal from Chile
Aamer Hussein from Pakistan
Host: Edin Suljic from former Yugoslavia

plus Le Gazhikane Muzikante band

The writers and musicians call for action: Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, West Hampstead resident.


Mslexia: Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story


1st Prize: £2,000
Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Judge: Deborah Levy
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 20 March 2017


Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its ninth year and it’s just as fabulous as always. Not only will the winning writer get £2,000, they will also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. In addition, there is the opportunity to spend a week in glorious isolation working on their writing at the stunning Gladstone’s Library, and a day with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy and one that could really help you take your writing to the next level.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.

All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

For any questions about your entry, email shortstory@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.