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Welcome to the website for Mslexia, the magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and (we hope) inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to our quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short-story writers.
We welcome submissions for every part of the magazine (apart from the Editor’s letter). Explore the website to submit to the magazine, enter our competitions, sample past and current issues – and generally join in with the Mslexia conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.
In the magazine
Explore Issue 58 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2013)
New Writing: Short Story Competition – chosen by Janice Galloway ◊ Has feisty gone out of fashion? ◊ Dare you write about your parents? ◊ How to stand out from the crowd ◊ Amelia Bullmore's Bedside Table ◊ Kim Moore on Making a Poem ◊ Deborah Levy talks to Louise Chunn. Explore this issue » Editorial »
MSLEXIA SHORT STORY COMPETITION
CONGRATULATIONS to Francesca Armour-Chelu, whose winning story 'The Starving Ghost' was chosen by judge Janice Galloway. You can read the story in the latest issue of Mslexia available now. Read more »
MSlexia novel competition
2013 Women's Novel Competition
is now open for entries. For novels written for adults or young adults on any theme, by unpublished women novelists. First prize: £5,000. Judges: Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid, Charlotte Robertson. Closing date: 23 September 2013. Read more »
CONGRATULATIONS to Lu Hersey, who won the 2012 Children's Novel Competition with her book Deep Water.Read more »
MSLEXIA POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION
2013 Women's Pamphlet Competition
is now open for entries! For short collections of 20-14 pages of 18-20 poems, by women poets who have not yet had a full-length collection published. Prize: Publication by Seren Books in 2014, plus £250. Closing date: 17 June 2013Read more »
Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin
The 2012 winning pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin, has been published by Seren Books and is now available for just £5Read more »
MSLEXIA POETRY COMPETITION
2013 Women's Poetry Competition
is now open for entries. For previously unpublished poems of any length and on any theme. First prize: £2,000. Judge: Kathleen Jamie. Closing date: 17 June 2013. Read more »
A lively and informative community for writers
Currently writing for the blog are: Katie Griffiths, a poet who is trying to write song lyrics; Kate Purdy, who is documenting her attempt to revitalise her creativity The Artist's Way à la Julia Cameron – Morning Pages and all; and Morna Piper, who is tackling the editing of her NaNoWriMo novel. Plus insights from the Mslexia office and guest editors. Read more »
Your chance to win!
We have five copies of the practical inspirational guide on how to start your own business, 'still be a great mum' – and have fun doing it – to give away. How to be a Million Pound Mum is the first in a series from feisty Accent Press founder Hazel Cushion. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the simple question by following the link below. Good luck!
CLOSING DATE: 30 June
What's on for writers
La Muse Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat.
Get inspired! Create in a peaceful, structured setting in the company of creative peers.
- €395-€1195 for one/three weeks.
- Southern France.
- Contact Kerry and John Fanning.
- Click here to send email
Writing Reading: Reading and Reviewing Poetry
with Fred D’Aguiar is a practice-based masterclass about gaining a better understanding of reading and writing poetry.
- £45 (£35).
- 22 June, 11am-5pm.
"Yes, my book was declined and I was devastated. But I knew that it was valuable – it didn't affect the way I felt about it."
Deborah Levy ◊ Read the Interview
"Proficiency, pains taken, fluency, the shock of recognition, wit and a sense of something 'extra' were on my wishlist"
Janice Galloway ◊ New Writing
"I do remember not being able to stop reading Gone With the Wind."
Amelia Bullmore ◊ Bedside Table