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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.

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

In this issue

  • Is the ‘room of one’s own’ too small?
  • Try a fresh genre
  • Fine-tuning your script
  • Self-help books
  • Best writing retreats

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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.

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

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'Ello. We’re back again with another discussion point for our ‘Forums’ section of the magazine. Today’s hot topic: Should the print or broadcast media ask permission before re-publishing public tweets and Facebook comments?

Tweets aren’t copyright-protected, and are public from the moment you post them, so legally no permission is needed – and the same goes for posts on a public entity’s Facebook wall. But here at Mslexia Towers (where some avid twitter users reside!) the debate rages. Some of us believe that a tweet is public property once posted; some of us would prefer to be asked. (Mslexia's policy is to ask permission, though a couple of rogue comments have slipped through in the past.)

So what do you think? Would you mind if a TV programme or publication quoted your tweet or comment without asking? Whatever your view, we want to know!
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Hello – us again. Asking for more help with the redesigned Mslexia!

We’re interested in your opinions on literary talking points for a new ‘Forums’ section of the mag. To kick off, we’d love to hear your thoughts on: Paying writers at festivals.

This has always been a hot topic for us at Mslexia (remember the ‘People who pay writers with jam’ feature in issue 64?) Now, the debate’s been fired-up once more: Philip Pullman has resigned as Patron of the Oxford Literary Festival because they don’t pay their speakers fees.

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