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Issue 73 is the perfect thing to bring your writing to bloom along with the daffodils.
We asked for poems and stories on the theme of ‘Guilty’, and by golly you delivered, showering judge Sophie Hannah with blood, anguish, comeuppance and absolution. Whatever your poison, there’s a piece here for you. Check out ‘submissions’ for information on our next Showcase themes – now with space for the scriptwriters among you.
Elsewhere in the magazine, reality checks abound – from Melissa Benn’s Agenda piece on the tricky issue of writers ‘retiring’, to Lucy Corkhill on how to accept your limits and stop perfectionism from hampering your creativity, to Polly Allen’s advice on how to minimise social media usage without jeopardising your online community.
Feeling more ambitious than administrative? Stretch your skills with our new series on musical theatre; read Insights into multiple submission opportunities – including our new Manuscript Wishlist and Pitch Prospects interviews; a feature on writing complex female characters; a peek into the world of new Poetry Review editor Emily Berry; and much much more.
We’re also proud to announce the winner of the Mslexia Children’s Novel competition. Reckon you could be next year’s champ? Lucky you: the next Women’s Novel Competition is open for entries, and so are our Poetry and Pamphlet competitions.
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
- Guilty or not guilty? Crime and punishment in prose and poetry
- Perils of perfectionism
- Minimal social media
- Musical theatre
- Can writers afford to retire?
- Sara Khan
- Sophie Hannah
- Melissa Benn
- Emily Berry
- Elif Shafak