Mslexia: for women who write
Welcome to Mslexia, the only magazine where every reader is a potential contributor too. Almost every part of the magazine is open to submission by any woman writer – and we publish over 70 different names in every issue. So you might find your work appearing alongside work by leading authors such as Marian Keyes, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Monique Roffey and Daisy Johnson – to name just a few of the luminaries in the current edition.
But Mslexia is not just a magazine. We’re also proud creators of the Indie Press Guide, a unique directory of over 600 independent book publishers and literary magazines, now in its Third Edition. And a growing portfolio of Mslexia Minis writing guides, including the best-selling Poetic Forms and A Novel in Nine Steps.
Then there are our annual competitions, which have taken the careers of many women writers to the next level. And our online Salon, where members can attend writing surgeries and Q&As led by experts at the top of their profession. Not to mention our wider events programme, including the now-legendary Mslexicon women’s writing weekend and the online bunfight that is our annual Agent Extravaganza.
There is a sense of indomitability in Issue 92 of the magazine, a sense of women picking themselves up, dusting themselves off, and trying again. Matilda Tristram talks about how she turned her cancer journey into a comic memoir – and how you too can sketch the story of your life. Comedy Women in Print award-winner Jesse Sutanto talks about how she learned to silence her inner critic, and Faye Keegan explains how she found a way to keep writing surrounded by packing cases and chaos. We also introduce our 2021 Short Story and Flash Fiction winners, and Debbie Taylor looks at how literary organisations can improve the submissions process.
We're currently accepting submissions of poetry for our regular slots - Poet Laureate, Eyeverse, and our subscriber only slot Poems for the Planet (deadline for Issue 93: 10 January). We're also on the lookout for stories and poems on the themes of 'Eyes' (deadline: 7 March) and 'Keys' (deadline: 6 June).
Our Women’s Poetry Competition is open in two categories: Poetry (single poem), and Pamphlet. Award-winning poet Pascale Petit will be judging our single poem competition this year, with Amy Wack of Seren Books judging the pamphlets. The winning prize for the single poem competition is a whopping £2,000, with the winning pamphlet getting £250, plus publication by Seren. Our winners and finalists have gone on to great things, (you can check out some of their achievements on our success stories page) and you can read previous winners here. Be sure to submit before 23.59 on 6 December.
Open 24/7, this is where you can subscribe to the magazine, join our online Salon, or nab a single copy of the mag to check out how our 20 submission categories look on the page – to make sure you’re aiming in the right direction! Here is also where you can pick up a copy of our unique Indie Press Guide and top off your order with a £3 copy of one of our Mslexia Minis writing guides (or splash out and buy four for a tenner). Hate online shopping? Not to worry. You can talk to a real live (and really nice) human person 9-5, Monday to Friday, by calling 0191 204 8860.