Mslexia, the essential magazine for women who write, tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print. Every issue provides a unique mix of debate and analysis of new poetry and prose as well as advice and inspiration for aspiring writers. Here are six ways Mslexia magazine can take you where you want to go:
1 Open submission slots
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2 Opportunity knocks
Every issue includes 55 writing competitions and 70 magazines and publishers on the lookout for fresh voices. You’ll find a home for your work in no time.
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Issue 89 introduces the winners of the 2020 Mslexia Poetry Competition, as chosen by Karen McCarthy Woolf.
As usual, the magazine is full of creative inspiration, practical advice and original poetry, fiction and memoir – as well as over 120 writing competitions and submission opportunities, plus lots of online workshops, courses and events.
Here’s a taster of some of the contents:
Do feminists read romance? Caroline Carpenter asks whether romance fiction is good or bad for its readers
Costa Book of the Year winner Monique Roffey talks old school writing habits, writing from bed and dressing for success
Katherine May looks at fallow periods for writers — and why we should treasure them
Interview: Caroline Sanderson talks to Booker-shortlisted novelist Daisy Johnson about horror, motherhood and deleting your drafts
Showcase: Karen McCarthy Woolf introduces the winners of the 2020 Mslexia Poetry Competition