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Issue 74 is a sumptuous feast of Summer inspiration!

We’re proud to present the winners and runners-up of the Mslexia Short Story competition and the inaugural Mslexia Flash Fiction competition, as judged by Deborah Levy and Kit de Waal – as well as the usual poetry, flash fiction and creative non-fiction from our own Mslexia readers. However long you have for your tea break, you’ll be able to fit in at least one of these beautifully written tales, so grab your deckchair and a cool lemonade, get comfy, and settle down to writing that will make you laugh, cry and shudder.

As always, the magazine is packed with information and techniques you can apply to your own writing. Editor Debbie Taylor examines what makes bestsellers so addictive, Lucy English looks at the ever-expanding world of spoken-word performance, and Fanny Blake explains how best to pitch to women’s magazines. Having difficulty finding your voice? Take a look at Claire Wingfield’s advice on how to keep writing when you, er, aren’t. Caroline Sanderson interviews non-fiction superstar

 

Kate Summerscale, and Flash Fiction judge Kit de Waal talks to Danuta Kean about her own publishing journey.

Circle the comps, submission slots and events in our extensive listings and insights section; start writing the songs for your musical; and check out what agent Laura Williams dreams of finding in her inbox – and how to pitch a feature to online feminist magazine The F Word. Or get your debit card out in preparation for the wealth of wonderful books available in our Out Now section. 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. And remember to get your entries in for the Novel competition, closing on 18th September!

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

  • Spoken-word trends
  • Reviews in women's mags
  • Workshops for deafblind writers
  • Get creative with Snapchat

Featured Writers

Thank you Mslexia for Little Ms - what a lovely lunchtime read. And I feel more informed about all things writing too!
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WRITING
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Mslexia has a submission slot for every woman writer. Send us your work on one of our themes (there's a new one every quarter) or create something for one of our many other submission slots.
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COMPETITION
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We are heartbroken at the loss of Helen Dunmore - please click through for a link to our tribute to her, and for the chance to claim one of five copies of her reprinted collection 'Inside the Waves' from Bloodaxe Books.
Closing date: 1st August.
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Kate Summerscale, and Flash Fiction judge Kit de Waal talks to Danuta Kean about her own publishing journey.

Circle the comps, submission slots and events in our extensive listings and insights section; start writing the songs for your musical; and check out what agent Laura Williams dreams of finding in her inbox – and how to pitch a feature to online feminist magazine The F Word. Or get your debit card out in preparation for the wealth of wonderful books available in our Out Now section. 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. And remember to get your entries in for the Novel competition, closing on 18th September!

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.

 

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