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Mslexia welcomes previously unpublished submissions from women for every part of the magazine. We commission work by prominent authors and artists as well as talented newcomers. For a clear idea of the full range of material we publish, why not take advantage of our SAVE 25% offer and subscribe.
Meanwhile, we’re inviting submissions for the following regular slots and competitions:
This is a substantial section of new poetry and/or prose in the magazine, written by published and unpublished authors, selected and introduced by our New Writing Guest Editor or Competition Judge. Previous Mystery Guests and Judges include Fay Weldon, Carol Ann Duffy, Michèle Roberts, Helen Simpson, Wendy Cope, Jackie Kay, Fleur Adcock and Val McDermid. We publish two magazines a year of themed new writing, and two containing the winners of our annual poetry and short story competitions. The themes/competitions and deadlines for the upcoming issues are:
ISSUE 64: Coming soon
Keep an eye out here for the New Writing theme for our Dec/Jan/Feb 2014/15 issue, announced soon.
NEW WRITING SUBMISSION:
If you are living in the UK, you MUST send your Themed New Writing submission by post. If you would like a response, please ensure you include your email address. You need only include an SAE if you would like an acknowledgement of your submission's arrival. The address for submission is:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
Sorry, but we only accept email submissions for Themed New Writing from overseas writers.
Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2014
for previously unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words on any subject. Judged by Jane Rogers. First prize is £2,000, plus two optional extras: a week's writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor. All winning stories will be published in Mslexia.
Closing date: 17 March 2014
More information on this year's competition »
You can enter online or by post wherever you are in the world. Click on the 'More Information' link above to find out more.
Ideas for one-off features are welcome, as a 200-word proposal plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing. Please note that feature articles are commissioned weeks in advance, and have a rolling deadline.
The deadline for all 'OTHER SUBMISSIONS' (including the blog) for consideration for Issue 62 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2014) – and the associated quarter – is 14 April 2014 . Any submissions received after this date will be considered for the following quarter.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are sending submissions to multiple submission slots, please email each one separately with the appropriate topic in the subject line: e.g., if you are sending us a Monologue and a Rave, send each one in a separate email with 'Monoloue' and 'Rave', as appropriate, in the subject line. We also need your land address and telephone number with each submission.
Poetry and Short Story reviews
We now commission these reviews. If you would like to be considered as a Mslexia reviewer, please send a 200-word description of what you would like to review for us and why, plus a brief writing CV and a published or unpublished sample of your writing.
For writers of script: send up to 200 words on any topic in a single character’s voice. This quarter we're looking for monologues in the voice of a sculptor.
Four Lines that Rhyme
A Week of Tweets
Monday through Sunday, tell us about your writing – and your life – in seven flavour-packed slices of up to 140 characters apiece.
Convey a character in second or third person – and in no more than 200 words. This quarter we're looking for a pen portrait of a caged animal.
Grumpy Old Women, this is your chance to vent a bit of spleen, in 80 words or fewer, about something that really irritates or enrages you.
Calling all Polyannas, raise our spirits by telling us about something or someone you applaud, enjoy or admire in up to 80 words.
In 200 words, please explain how you run your meetings, and describe a recent exercise for other groups to follow.
How I did It
Back due to popular demand! Send us 200 words on how you achieved publication of your book with the subtitles 'The Book', 'The Long Haul' and 'The Advice' (roughly 65 words in each section).
How I keep going
200 words of advice on how to keep the creative fires burning in the face of discouragement and rejection.
We’re always looking for guest bloggers for the Mslexia blog. Are you working on an interesting short-term writing project or in a key role in publishing? Perhaps you’re researching your novel or finalising your first poetry collection; freelancing as a journalist or reading submissions at a literary agency?
We've opened out our blog to a limited number of women writers with something interesting to say about the writing process, writing projects they're involved in, the publishing industry, their particularly inspiring journey on the rocky road to publication or anything writing-related that other authors, published or not, will be inspired by.
If you'd like to apply for a three-month guest appearance on the Mslexia blog, send us a pitch of up to 100 words telling us what you'd write about – and how that might differ from what you're already doing, potentially, on your own blog – plus a link to your own blog and/or a link to blogs you've appeared on (or a relevant example of your writing) and your full contact details.
You’ll need a working knowledge of Wordpress and we’ll expect you to blog at least twice a month throughout your residency. It’s a great opportunity to raise your profile and have your say to an audience of likeminded writers. Email email@example.com with your pitch, putting 'Guest Blog' in the subject line. Make note of when we have slots available – we have to work quite far in advance.
Deadline for consideration as a blogger for a three month residency starting from May-July 2014: 14 April 2014
Sorry, we can’t accept email submissions for New Writing except from overseas writers (this DOES NOT include entries to our writing competitions, for which we accept email submissions). If posting, you only need to enclose an SAE if you want an acknowledgement. If emailing OTHER SUBMISSIONS, please put ‘Rants’, ‘Tweets’, ‘Reading Group’ etc. in the subject line, as appropriate. Please note: if you are sending submissions to multiple submission slots, please email each one separately with the appropriate topic in the subject line: e.g., if you are sending a Four Lines that Rhyme and a Rave, send each one in a separate email with 'Four Lines that Rhyme' and 'Rave', as appropriate, in the subject line. We also need your land address and telephone number with each submission.
We pay for published submissions. The basic rates for New Writing are £25 per poem, and £15 per thousand words of prose. For Rant we pay £20; Rave £20; Pen Portrait £20; Writing Group 'What We Do' Exercise £20; Four Lines that Rhyme £20; Monologue £20; Week of Tweets £20; and £100 for a three-month guest blog. Feature articles, reviews and illustrations are commissioned.
Send submissions to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
PLEASE NOTE: we now accept email submissions from all writers for anything in the 'OTHER SUBMISSIONS' category. However, we are unable to accept email submissions for themed New Writing unless you are overseas.
For further information, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Mslexia publishes a comprehensive literature listings section, including the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Further Afield. If you know of – or are involved in – anything that might be of interest to Mslexia readers, please contact us, and we will do our best to include you in the magazine or on the website.
Listings deadline for issue 62 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2014): 1 May 2014, for events from 10 June 2014 to the end of August 2014
This is a brand new section of the magazine directory which offers Mslexia readers some well-deserved space to shout about themselves and get their writing noticed. Tell us about your latest publications, blogs or events. Do you want to find a writing group in your area or promote your proofreading service? The Mslexia Noticeboard is the place to be seen.
With prices starting from just £20 for up to 50 words, you'll reach 27,000+ readers just like you – self-promotion has never been easier! To find out more, contact Robyn .
Noticeboard deadline for issue 62 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2014): 16 April 2014
For a more prominent position in the magazine, why not advertise with Mslexia, or insert your flier?
Mslexia publishes writing workshops devoted to the upcoming theme in each issue of the magazine. For the latest workshop, and a collection of other new and archived writing workshops, visit our workshops page
Get inspired by exploring a selection of features and inspirations drawn from recent issues of the magazine:
The Mslexia MA in Novel Writing – Character, led by Jenny Newman
...with life coach Bekki Hill
Explore the unconscious and turn your life into literature
Hayfields or horse-dung
In which a published author compares a segment of her book to an earlier draft, dicussing how - and why - she made her editing choices.
Deborah Moggach's First Draft
Wendy Cope's First Draft
Read others' work
Browse New Writing to sample short stories and poems that have been selected by previous Guest Editors.