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Here comes the crispy, crunchy glow of autumn, and the equally golden September issue of Mslexia.

Our Guest Editor Danuta Kean has filled the mag with handy features on achieving your ambitions as writers: Vanessa Ugatti gives you a magic formula for negotiating payment for your work, Elizabeth Lewis explains how to get a radio play commissioned by the Beeb, and Roz Warren tells you why your friends are the best publicists. We also share the results of our eye-opening survey – which looks into why women writers don’t submit their writing – and have an interview with the marvellous Patricia Ferguson.

We’re also hip-hip-hooray-ing for the winner of our 2015 Women’s Poetry Competition, Aileen Ballantyne. Aileen’s poem ‘Lockerbie, Pan Am flight 103′ was chosen as the winner by our judge Deryn Rees-Jones. You can read Aileen’s poem, alongside the other terrific finalists, in the September issue.

For the novelists out there, there’s still a little time left to enter our Women’s Novel Competition 2015.

We’re looking for the first 5,000 words of unpublished adult and YA novels in any genre – and the winner nabs £5,000. You have until 21 September to enter.

Open for both poetry and prose writers, we’re looking for writing submissions on the theme of ‘Birds’ for our December mag, and ‘Monster’ for March. Visit our themed writing page for details on on how to submit. Elsewhere on the website you’ll find lots of ways to submit to Mslexia (in poetry, prose and journalism) and details of what’s on in the literary world.

Finally, our editorial team have been working hard to bring you our new series of Mslexia Mini writing guides, handy how-to e-publications for you to download or  print out. The first is a guide to the 15 main Poetic Forms, the second, Contemporary Poetry: the Basics focuses on the main principles of writing contemporary poetry, and the third, A Novel in Nine Stepstakes you systematically through the entire novel writing process. All are available for a wee £3 – find out more here.

In this issue

  • Basic equipment (So why don’t women submit their writing?)
  • Breaking into the BBC
  • Writing a column
  • How to be an author’s friend
  • Latest trends in ghost stories

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We’re looking for the first 5,000 words of unpublished adult and YA novels in any genre – and the winner nabs £5,000. You have until 21 September to enter.

Open for both poetry and prose writers, we’re looking for writing submissions on the theme of ‘Birds’ for our December mag, and ‘Monster’ for March. Visit our themed writing page for details on on how to submit. Elsewhere on the website you’ll find lots of ways to submit to Mslexia (in poetry, prose and journalism) and details of what’s on in the literary world.

Finally, our editorial team have been working hard to bring you our new series of Mslexia Mini writing guides, handy how-to e-publications for you to download or  print out. The first is a guide to the 15 main Poetic Forms, the second, Contemporary Poetry: the Basics focuses on the main principles of writing contemporary poetry, and the third, A Novel in Nine Stepstakes you systematically through the entire novel writing process. All are available for a wee £3 – find out more here.

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There's just one week left to send us your poetry and prose submissions on the theme of 'Birds' for our December issue. We want your stories of up to 2,200 words and poems of up to 40 lines.

Here are some dancing blue-footed boobies to spur you on.

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Win a pair of tickets to see Marina Carr's Hecuba at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 September!

A searing vision of war, womanhood and courage, the play follows queen Hecuba after the fall of Troy, as she leads her daughters forward in a world they no longer recognise. Thanks to the Royal Shakespeare Company, we have three pairs of tickets to give away.

To enter, simply like this post, and tell us: If you became Queen, what is the first thing you would do?

Comment with your answers before 31 August, and our favourite three (chosen by office vote) will win a pair of tickets each!

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