Here comes the crispy, crunchy glow of autumn, and the equally golden September issue of Mslexia.
Our Guest Editor Danuta Kean has filled the mag with handy features on achieving your ambitions as writers: Vanessa Ugatti gives you a magic formula for negotiating payment for your work, Elizabeth Lewis explains how to get a radio play commissioned by the Beeb, and Roz Warren tells you why your friends are the best publicists. We also share the results of our eye-opening survey – which looks into why women writers don’t submit their writing – and have an interview with the marvellous Patricia Ferguson.
We’re also hip-hip-hooray-ing for the winner of our 2015 Women’s Poetry Competition, Aileen Ballantyne. Aileen’s poem ‘Lockerbie, Pan Am flight 103′ was chosen as the winner by our judge Deryn Rees-Jones. You can read Aileen’s poem, alongside the other terrific finalists, in the September issue.
For the novelists out there, there’s still a little time left to enter our Women’s Novel Competition 2015.
We’re looking for the first 5,000 words of unpublished adult and YA novels in any genre – and the winner nabs £5,000. You have until 21 September to enter.
Open for both poetry and prose writers, we’re looking for writing submissions on the theme of ‘Birds’ for our December mag, and ‘Monster’ for March. Visit our themed writing page for details on on how to submit. Elsewhere on the website you’ll find lots of ways to submit to Mslexia (in poetry, prose and journalism) and details of what’s on in the literary world.
Finally, our editorial team have been working hard to bring you our new series of Mslexia Mini writing guides, handy how-to e-publications for you to download or print out. The first is a guide to the 15 main Poetic Forms, the second, Contemporary Poetry: the Basics focuses on the main principles of writing contemporary poetry, and the third, A Novel in Nine Steps, takes you systematically through the entire novel writing process. All are available for a wee £3 – find out more here.