WELCOME TO MSLEXIA
Issue 77 signals the launch of a two-year programme of events, spanning Mslexia’s 20th Anniversary in March 2019.
In recent times you may have noticed Mslexia (and its various members of staff) appearing more in the real world of live workshops and events – in 2017 we took part in ten+ literature and writing festivals – and of course we’ve opened up a virtual space with our Mslexia Max membership area, where members have been able to take part in a host of online workshops, Q&As and surgeries.
This is in large part thanks to Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation – and with their help we are broadening the horizons of this interactive approach, in real life and online, and off the page, over the coming months.
Glance down the contents page of this issue, and you’ll notice a new section called ‘Off the page’, which is a section celebrating, sharing and learning from the incredible work women are doing with text not (or not primarily) intended for the printed page. Enjoy a Monologue by Michèle Roberts and soak up advice from Malika Booker on how to control your nerves – perfect for when you bring into play Claire Trévien’s first article on how to record your poetry.
Issue 77 also includes the results of our 2017 Novel Competition, as well as a host of writing to keep you spellbound: we present our Showcase on the theme of Bewitched, with stories and poems chosen by our guest judge Elizabeth May. Author K J Whittaker chats to interviewer Katy Guest, and we present features on how misery lit can help readers; why women writers today can relate to Mary Shelley; and editor Teika Bellamy gives us the insider’s POV on the woe and joys of running a small press. All this and much, much more – check out a few sample pages here.
AND we have now flung our metaphorical doors open to entries for our four (count ’em) Women’s Fiction Awards: 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 our next Showcase themes (now with space for the scriptwriters among you), as well as all the usual slots. The next Showcase deadline is 5 March, so get those entries in this weekend!
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Little Ms – the monthly Mslexia newsletter packed with news, offers, reading recommendations and industry opportunities.
In this issue
- Back from the brink: how misery memoirs saved my life
- Why poetry is making waves
- Literary biography
- Inside an indie press
- Writing with homeless people
- Elizabeth May
- Helen Mort
- Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
- Sasha Dugdale
- Lucy Worsley