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In Issue 76 we’re pleased to present the winner of our 2017 Poetry Pamphlet competition in conjunction with Seren, as well as a poem from the winning work. Congratulations to Bryony Littlefield and the shortlisted poets – and our thanks to everyone else who entered.
Also in 76, Carolyn Jess-Cooke looks at the risks in the lack of regulation of writing-for-wellbeing workshops, and Susmita Bhattacharya talks about similar concerns while writing with fellow cancer sufferers. A lyrical piece from Karon Alderman explains why she carries on writing in the face of rejection, and Lucy Corkhill tackles the same issue in her Submission Bootcamp. And Meg Clothier’s brisk attack on social media chimes nicely with Sita Brand’s look at mindfulness and creativity.
The Agenda feature from YA author Laura Steven explores just how YA fiction influences the political opinions of its readers, and award-winning author Sarah Perry talks about how recovering from illness infiltrated her work, and accepting her status as a Gothic writer.
Jane Harris presents the winning stories and poems on the theme of ‘Yesteryears’, covering everything from Fanny Burney’s mastectomy to the fate of a mercury prospector, and elsewhere you
can read about dive-bombing pigeons in highly creative children’s poem ‘Swoop, Poop, Plop’ and the dollhouse of your nightmares in our regular Flash Genre section.
As always, we offer 12 pages of events and publication opportunities and insights. Find out how to get involved with Paines Plough theatre company, check out what agent Joanna Moult dreams of finding in her inbox, apply for a residency or retreat, and discover just how Stacy Makishi makes her poetry performances so compelling. All this and much, much more.
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 4 Dec, 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
- How YA fiction influences political opinion
- Dangers of writing tuition
- Meditation and creativity
- Carrying on after rejection
- Writing about pregnancy
- Sarah Perry
- Jane Harris
- Sibéal Pounder
- Carolyn Jess-Cooke
- Victoria Derbyshire