With a shake of our jazziest hands, we welcome you to the third incarnation of Mslexia magazine. Issue 69 (Mar/Apr/May 2016) has been all shook up, redesigned and reformed into a thing of wonder.
So what’s in it? This new issue is about getting involved: with writing and reading, but also with pitching a novel, starting a salon, getting a reading gig and applying for a grant. We talk to Costa prizewinner Frances Handinge about her Achilles’ heel, to TS Eliot winner Sarah Howe about her sources of inspiration, to TV writer Lucy Gannon about how she creates a new character, and storytelling supremo Jan Blake about how she translates traditional stories for a modern life audience. Then there’s Annabel Abbs with her DIY MA and two surgeries to help you get your book taken seriously, and the results of our ‘5-a-day’ and ‘triolet’ challenges.
We also offer a HUGE congratulations and hurrah for Polly Clark, who was the winner of our 2015 Women’s Novel Competition!
Her winning novel When Auden Met Dora has now been renamed Larchfield, and will be published by Quercus March 2017.
This could be your year too, as we have three more competitions currently open for entries…
Our Children’s Novel Competition 2016 is open now, 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.
Prefer writing poetry? We have a Poetry Competition (first prize £2,000, judged by Liz Lochhead) and Pamphlet Competition (judged by Amy Wack of Seren Books, first prize is publication) open now! Both competitions close 13 June.