Mslexia: for women who write
Welcome to Mslexia, the only magazine where every reader is a potential contributor too. Almost every part of the magazine is open to submission by any woman writer – and we publish over 70 different names in every issue. So you might find your work appearing alongside work by leading authors such as Marian Keyes, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Monique Roffey and Daisy Johnson – to name just a few of the luminaries in the current edition.
But Mslexia is not just a magazine. We’re also proud creators of the Indie Press Guide, a unique directory of over 600 independent book publishers and literary magazines, now in its Third Edition. And a growing portfolio of Mslexia Minis writing guides, including the best-selling Poetic Forms and A Novel in Nine Steps.
Then there are our annual competitions, which have taken the careers of many women writers to the next level. And our online Salon, where members can attend writing surgeries and Q&As led by experts at the top of their profession. Not to mention our wider events programme, including the now-legendary Mslexicon women’s writing weekend and the online bunfight that is our annual Agent Extravaganza.
There's quite an epic feel to Issue 90 of Mslexia: a sense of literary challenges faced and overcome, of career sacrifices made with no thought of reward, of creative lives capsized and refloated again. Bestselling uplit novelist Ruth Hogan explains how writing proved to be a life raft when her life was rocked by cancer. Avni Doshi ploughed on through eight completely fresh drafts of her Booker-shortlisted novel before she was happy with it. Psychologist Vanessa Moore's bitter personal experience spurred her to investigate why rejection hurts so much, and how to keep creating in spite of it.
We're currently accepting submissions of poetry for our regular slots - Poet Laureate, Eyeverse, and our subscriber only slot Poems for the Planet (deadline for Issue 92: 11 October). We're also on the lookout for bedtime stories and fictional monologues in the voice of the wife, mother, sister, aunt or other relative of a famous real or fictional parsonage for our World's Wife series. There are 17 ways of submitting your work to Mslexia, so there’s bound to be something to suit your kind of writing.
Our Women’s Poetry Competition is open in two categories: Poetry (single poem), and Pamphlet. Award-winning poet Pascale Petit will be judging our single poem competition this year, with Amy Wack of Seren Books judging the pamphlets. The winning prize for the single poem competition is a whopping £2,000, with the winning pamphlet getting £250, plus publication by Seren. Our winners and finalists have gone on to great things, (you can check out some of their achievements on our success stories page) and you can read previous winners here. Be sure to submit before 23.59 on 6 December.
Open 24/7, this is where you can subscribe to the magazine, join our online Salon, or nab a single copy of the mag to check out how our 20 submission categories look on the page – to make sure you’re aiming in the right direction! Here is also where you can pick up a copy of our unique Indie Press Guide and top off your order with a £3 copy of one of our Mslexia Minis writing guides (or splash out and buy four for a tenner). Hate online shopping? Not to worry. You can talk to a real live (and really nice) human person 9-5, Monday to Friday, by calling 0191 204 8860.