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.
• Looking back: Does working on a memoir always have to be painful? Caroline Sanderson discusses the difficult art of self-reflection and analysing the past
• Competition: Acclaimed writer and judge of this year’s Mslexia Short Story Competition, Irenosen Okojie explains how she came to choose the masterful winners
• Craft: Heading into spring, Margaret Wilkinson offers her tips to get readers extemporising on subject of ‘wildlife’ and all things animal-related
• Interview: Mslexia Editor Debbie Taylor speaks to poet Kate Clanchy about her latest book ‘Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me’
• Analysis: What should you do with your research? Jenny Alexander encourages the writerly practice of upcycling and recycling ideas
And, as always, the magazine is packed with expert advice; more original writing from our readers; our directory of competitions, lit mags, and events; and much more.