WELCOME TO MSLEXIA
Issue 78 brings you a host of fantastic new writing on the theme of ‘Weather’, as well as a monologue for our times in ‘The Unthinkable’ from Mslexia favourite Bernardine Evaristo. We also delve into the past looking at how to write using old letters with Barbara Parfitt, and recording oral history with Laura Mitchison.
In our Agenda feature, Debbie Taylor explores the rising popularity of childrens’ publishing: why has it grown so much in the past 20 years, and just how much of that is driven by book-loving parents riding a wave of nostalgia? And if that whets your appetite, skip to Caroline Sanderson’s review of three books about how books have shaped our lives, including Lucy Mangan’s memoir of childhood reading.
Issue 78 also shares what happened to our past novel competition finalists in a feature by S K Perry, learn to boast about your writing successes with Tania Hershman, and find out how best-selling self-published author Rachel Abbott juggles writing and marketing her novels in her in-depth interview.
And of course, much much more, including our massive directory of competitions and events, sneaky insights into how to get the most out of your competition entry or grant application, pitch feedback and our first-page surgery with experts from The Literary Consultancy.
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We’re also proud to announce our new Women’s Poetry and Poetry Pamphlet Competitions, now in partnership with the Poetry Book Society! AND don’t forget our Women’s Fiction Awards are still open to entries: children’s novel, short story, our second flash fiction competition and our all-new novella competition, in association with Galley Beggar Press. Click through to our Competitions page for more details.
Want to see yourself in the pages? Check out ‘submissions’ for information on all the usual slots. The next Themed Showcase is Cooking, and the deadline is 4 June, so get those entries in this weekend!
And keep an eye out for Little Ms – the monthly Mslexia newsletter packed with news, offers, reading recommendations and industry opportunities.
In this issue
- Spellbound: the magical world of children's publishing
- Why boasting is good for you
- Oral history
- Compiling old letters
- Writing a novella
- Rachel Abbott
- Sandeep Parmar
- Bernardine Evaristo
- Liz Jensen
- Madeline Miller