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‘Get up in the middle of the night to work on it, then go back to sleep and dream about it’ Hilary Mantel ‘Get up in the middle of the night to work on it, then go back to sleep and dream about it’ Hilary Mantel
The Mantel Method
‘Get up in the middle of the night to work on it, then go back to sleep and dream about it’ Hilary Mantel
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Why does rejection hurt so much? Why does rejection hurt so much?
Mslexia Magazine - Issue 90
Why does rejection hurt so much?
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‘Ecopoems are urgent and active, and entail a sense of connectedness and responsibility’ Kate Simpson ‘Ecopoems are urgent and active, and entail a sense of connectedness and responsibility’ Kate Simpson
Ecopoetry versus nature poetry
‘Ecopoems are urgent and active, and entail a sense of connectedness and responsibility’ Kate Simpson
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'I hate the storms, and the waiting too' 'I hate the storms, and the waiting too'
Short story: Pieces of Mars have fallen to Earth
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Mslexia Magazine

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.  

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Magazine

There's quite an epic feel to Issue 90 of Mslexia: a sense of literary challenges faced and overcome, of career sacrifices made with no thought of reward, of creative lives capsized and refloated again. Bestselling uplit novelist Ruth Hogan explains how writing proved to be a life raft when her life was rocked by cancer. Avni Doshi ploughed on through eight completely fresh drafts of her Booker-shortlisted novel before she was happy with it. Psychologist Vanessa Moore's bitter personal experience spurred her to investigate why rejection hurts so much, and how to keep creating in spite of it.

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Submissions

We're currently accepting submissions of poetry for our regular slots - Poet Laureate, Eyeverse, and our subscriber only slot Poems for the Planet, where Linda France is looking for poems about flowers (deadline: 7 July). We're also on the lookout for bedtime stories and fictional monologues in the voice of the wife, mother, sister, aunt or other relative of a famous real or fictional parsonage for our World's Wife series. There are 17 ways of submitting your work to Mslexia, so there’s bound to be something to suit your kind of writing. 

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Competitions

Our Women’s Fiction Competition is open with a starry line up of judges that include Hilary Mantel and A L Kennedy. There are three categories – Novel, Short Story and Flash Fiction – and our winners and finalists go on to great things (check out these success stories for their latest achievements). There are serious cash prizes too, starting with £5,000 for the novel category winner, plus manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and personal introductions to literary agents. Everything you need to take your career to the next level. 

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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. 

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