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Sound the new magazine klaxon – our summer issue is out in the world! Like all the best barbecues, Issue 70 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2016) is packed with meaty features, thirst-quenching inspiration and heaps of other tasty bits and bobs. (Losing track of this analogy yet? Us too.)

In a recent survey, so many of you lovely lot told us you often found writing to be a lonely and isolating pursuit, with many even keeping their work secret from family and friends. That’s why this mag is all about building up your writing community, whether that’s by teaching creative writing in prisons, building an intimate house-to-house book tour from scratch, or supporting those niche literary mags you love so much (ahem).

There’s also tons of juicy advice on publishing a group anthology, embracing local literary events and creating a failsafe support network for all your creative endeavours. Writing team: assemble!

We’ve got some stonking interviews, too; editor Debbie curls up on the sofa in Paula Hawkins’ posh penthouse to talk humble beginnings, Girl On The Train mega sales and celebrity fans, while comedian Helen Lederer gives us a guided tour of her bedside table, and Michèle Roberts showcases the dazzling finalists of our Short Story Competition. Carolyn Forché faces her fears and phobias, and Shamim Sarif hulk-smashes sexist screenwriting tropes. Atta girl.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Mslexia without our extensive directories. If you’re looking to get your work noticed, you can choose from hundreds of creative submission slots and prestigious competitions, or if you want to expand your horizons, you can pick out literary events in your area or choose from dozens of writing-themed retreats and holidays.

As always, elsewhere on the website you’ll find new ways to ways to submit to the magazine, and details of what’s on in the literary world. Go and have a nosey around.


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Yep, all you have to do is send us your best one-liner – check out ‘Your chance to win’ for more details.


In other writing competition news, our Children’s Novel Competition 2016 is still open, accepting the first 3,000 words of your novel. First prize is £5,000 and this year’s panel include award-winning novelist Anne Fine, literary agent Claire Wilson and Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor, Bookseller. Deadline 19 September.

Meanwhile, the deadline for most submissions to the December issue of the magazine is 11th October or, if you’re working on a Secret Fantasy piece of themed writing, 5th September. See here for more.

If this community-driven issue has given you the warm fuzzies – or if the oodles of opportunities has you champing at the bit – keep your blinkers peeled for more info on our Mslexia Members’ Area, which is set to launch this summer. With dynamic forums, Q&As with industry experts, exclusive offers and comps, a wealth of bonus content plus scores of virtual writing groups to join, you’ll never feel creatively isolated again. Oh, and it’s only an extra quid per month. Cheers to that!

 

In this issue

  • Life and death among literary magazines
  • Writing in prisons
  • Chemotherapy and creativity
  • A house-to-house book tour

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We’re excited to partner up with quirky card company thortful to offer you the chance to win a thortful prize pack of greetings cards (including five cards with your winning words on them)!
Yep, all you have to do is send us your best one-liner – check out ‘Your chance to win’ for more details.


In other writing competition news, our Children’s Novel Competition 2016 is still open, accepting the first 3,000 words of your novel. First prize is £5,000 and this year’s panel include award-winning novelist Anne Fine, literary agent Claire Wilson and Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor, Bookseller. Deadline 19 September.

Meanwhile, the deadline for most submissions to the December issue of the magazine is 11th October or, if you’re working on a Secret Fantasy piece of themed writing, 5th September. See here for more.

If this community-driven issue has given you the warm fuzzies – or if the oodles of opportunities has you champing at the bit – keep your blinkers peeled for more info on our Mslexia Members’ Area, which is set to launch this summer. With dynamic forums, Q&As with industry experts, exclusive offers and comps, a wealth of bonus content plus scores of virtual writing groups to join, you’ll never feel creatively isolated again. Oh, and it’s only an extra quid per month. Cheers to that!

 

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