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
Appearing in Mslexia is one of the best ways to get onto the publishing ladder. There are 14 ways for subscribers to submit writing, and we pay for everything we publish.
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.
3 Amazing writing
The best new voices in fiction, poetry and non-fiction appear in Mslexia – which means literary agents and editors trawl the pages looking for bright new talent to sign. Could you be next?
4 Banishing creative blocks
Lack of time and confidence are issues for many women writers. Mslexia looks at ways of outwitting the practical and psychological gremlins that undermine your muse.
5 Industry insights
Can creativity be taught? Are there too many literary prizes? Can fiction change the world? Issues that matter explored by people who know what they're talking about.
6 The Mslexia tribe
A subscription is your passport to a dynamic tribe of women attending groups, hosting salons, writing blogs, publishing anthologies, posting reviews… we know you’ll fit right in.
Leaning to the left: Melissa Benn explores the link between political preference and creativity
In Conversation: Leone Ross, Sara Collins and Irenosen Okojie have a frank, funny and incredibly important talk about what it means to be a black woman writer
Wildlife: Award-winning ecopoet and creative writing lecturer Isabel Galleymore selects her favourite submissions on the subject of fauna
Interview: Sita Brahmachari talks about her trajectory from a career in theatre to becoming a five-time Carnegie nominated children’s writer
Viral sensation: Lucy English on the haiku craze that brought poetry to the COVID-19 pandemic
Rae Ritchie talks about what inspired her to pitch editors a new idea every day for a month – and what she learned from it
Existential psychotherapist Kate Thompson looks at writing as therapy, and what works for who
As ever, the magazine is full of advice, original writing from our readers and feedback from our writers, a jam-packed directory of competitions, lit mags, events, and more. This time, though, you’re in for even more of a treat, with a beautiful redesign and a total overhaul of content, including a new section on creativity and wellbeing and a host of fresh submission slots.