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.
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.
Almost every piece in Issue 93 explores power in some way: who wields it and why, and how we can take some for ourselves. Charlotte Eyre takes a deep dive into the impact of celebrity authors on the kid-lit industry – does a rising tide lift all boats? Or are Walliams et al eclipsing ‘normal’ writers? Astrologer Andrea Hannah walks us through harnessing the stars in our writing, and Abigail Dean talks about taking control of her writing time. Anat Deracine shares advice for BAME authors on her experience of being edited as a writer of colour. Then there’s the power of the Great Idea – we’ve all heard about how desirable ‘high-concept’ novels are, but how on earth do you come up with one yourself? Author and tutor Katie Khan gives us an epic masterclass. Plus we introduce our 2021 Poetry Competition winners, as judged by Pascale Petit.
We're currently accepting submissions of poetry for our regular slots - Poet Laureate, Eyeverse, and our subscriber only slot Poems for the Planet - as well as fiction and non-fiction submissions - Bedtime Story, World's Wife, #amwriting and many more - (deadline for Issue 95: 4 July). We're also on the lookout for stories and poems on the theme 'Keys' for the Showcase section of the magazine, so if you fancy sending us a story on cogs and spindles, locks, unlocking and what lies inside, get submitting before 6 June.
Our 2021 competitions have now closed. Read the winners of our short story and flash fiction competitions in issue 92 of Mslexia, or in our inaugural anthology Best Women's Short Fiction 2021. And check out issue 93 for the winners and runners up of our poetry competition. The winner of the novel competition will be announced in June 2022, and our pamphlet competition winner will be announced in September. 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 check back in June for information on our 2022 competitions.
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). You can buy from our Shop at any time, day or night, but if you want to discuss a purchase with a real-life (and really nice) human person, please call 0191 204 8860 during our office hours, which are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. You can also email a query to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.