WELCOME TO MSLEXIA
As winter takes hold, here at Mslexia Towers we’re preparing for what we hope will be a less unsettling year in 2017. We’ve launched our brand new members area, Mslexia Max, and as some of the series in the magazine come to a natural close, we’re embarking on the annual editorial content shuffle – so if you have ideas for a new series, pitch us now!
We’re looking forward to offering you even more great writing, tips and opportunities – but you can’t change things for the better without a good long look at yourself. So bring on Issue 72 which is, loosely, about honest appraisals – of ourselves, our writing and our goals.
Editor Debbie Taylor takes a look at Mslexia’s sense of purpose in the Agenda. Is a women’s writing magazine still necessary? Has the publishing industry achieved equality across genders? Meanwhile, Gillian Bridge assesses the impact of introspective poetry on mental health and Nina Grunfeld helps you discover your writing USP. Would you rather help other people express themselves? Check out Emily Wiseman’s feature on her work with people with autism. On a lighter note, Rebecca Smith investigates whether Jane Austen’s work could be considered chick lit – it’s all about POV.
Of course, there are pages of new creative writing. Wray Delaney (aka Sally Gardner) introduces stories and poetry on the theme of Secret Fantasy. (Be warned: some of this writing is so steamy the pages curl.) Other slots include searing and heartbreaking creative non-fiction, poetry challenges, and flash crime to make you shudder.
For practical advice, take a peek at agent Jo Unwin’s pitch surgery and Jill Dawson’s first page surgery. As always, your community forum offers tips on how to support your fellow writers, and a place to share your opinions. There are also pages and pages of opportunities and special ‘insights’ into the minds behind the mags, the competitions, the grants and the theatres.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Little Ms – the monthly Mslexia newsletter packed with news, offers, reading recommendations and industry opportunities.
In this issue
- ‘Reader, I shagged him’: Is Jane Austen a chick lit author?
- Working with autism
- Danger: poet at work
- Your writing USP
- Mslexia: are we cured yet?
- Emma Donoghue
- Meg Rosoff
- Kit de Waal
- Wray Delaney
- Mariella Frostrup
a cough of men washing up on the shore'
'The Books of Tides' (Nine Arches Press) is the exciting new poetry collection from award-winning writer and frequent Mslexia contributor Angela Readman. We're thrilled to have five signed copies to giveaway - click through to enter!