Winter is no longer coming – winter is here. Hopefully the December issue of Mslexia will keep your cockles warm during these most chilly of months.
So what’s going to light your fires? The fantabulous Cathy Galvin took the mantle as Guest Editor, and on her agenda was Woolf’s revered ‘room of one’s own’ – is too small, and why are women writers still afraid to step into the spotlight?
Elsewhere, Michèle Roberts insists that writing about sex can liberate your work, Vanessa Gebbie urges us to try different genres, and Gemma Seltzer researches the best writing retreats.
Lionel Shriver also talks about her craft with Rebecca Swirsky, and we bring you the results of our latest survey – where you told us what your perfect writing magazine would include, ahead of our redesign.
We’re also singing the praises of Ilse Pedler, who won our Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2015. Her pamphlet, The Dogs that Chase Bicycle Wheels was chosen by judge Amy Wack, and will be published by Seren in 2016!
And guess what? Our Women’s Short Story Competition 2016 is officially open for entries! The first prize is £2,000 and publication in our June issue, and this year the competition will be judged by Michèle Roberts. You’ve got until 14 March 2016 to send us your stories of 2,200 words.
Fancy an evening of poetry? Join us 3 March at the Jazz Café in Newcastle upon Tyne for readings by Cathy Galvin, Malika Booker and Lisa Matthews, followed by an open mic slot. Find out more here.