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Welcome to the magazine for women who write

Read by top authors and absolute beginners, Mslexia is a quarterly masterclass in the business and psychology of writing.

What’s new in creativity and publishing, expert advice and inspiration, debate and opinion, extraordinary poetry and prose, plus unique directory of 60 competitions with closing dates pending and 60 editors and publishers on the lookout for fresh talent – all packaged up in a collectable 84-page perfect-bound magazine.

The majority of our readers subscribe to the magazine, to be sure of nabbing a copy in time to follow up all those opportunities before their deadlines, but Mslexia is also available in 38 indie bookshops and boutique stockists.

We redesign the magazine every four years to keep it up-to-date and relevant to your evolving passions and needs. Here are some of the regular features in the latest reincarnation:

The Knowledge Publishing expert Julie Vuong talks to top agents and editors about what’s happening in a bestselling fiction genre and how to apply it in your own work.

The Story of My Life Acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho deconstructs a submitted memoir synopsis to discover the key narrative at its heart.

Crafting a Cure Writing therapy pioneer Victoria Field’s new series explains how to use your creative writing to explore your psychology.

Emerging Writer and production editor Maxine Davies discusses how to emerge as a writer

DIY Bestsellers Self-publishing guru Debbie Young’s practical series looking at the most successful genres in this sector, at what to do (and not do) to connect with readers.


New submission slots

As part of the redesign we have introduced 11 new opportunities to the list of ways you can submit to Mslexia – including poetry, fiction, memoir and journalism. Added to the 10 other popular long-running submission slots, there’s bound to be something to suit your kind of writing. Explore Submissions.

Mslexia is an award-winning magazine supported by Arts Council England. Its mission is to help women express themselves and get their writing noticed: in print, online and in performance. Mslexia was granted charitable status in 2019 in recognition of its work to fulfil this mission.

Winner of the Pandora Award for its contribution to women’s publishing, and the Saboteur Award for Best Literary Magazine.


Why Mslexia?

We would love to live in a world where a women-only publisher was no longer needed, but the issues that affect women writers are as pertinent today as they were when Mslexia was launched in 1999.


‘I've just finished reading my first copy of Mslexia and felt good. I wondered why. I think it's because the magazine really wants its readers to succeed. It doesn't patronise but offers accessible opportunities.’

Latest Issue

Submitting your work, taboo topics for children and self-publishing your sci-fi

Meet the Readers

Mslexia is read by bestselling authors and women just embarking on their writing journey, by students on creative writing courses and by their tutors, by teenagers and grandmothers... But what are they writing?


Through its magazine and related publications, its social media platforms, its events and other activities, Mslexia is in direct and regular contact with over 30,000 women writers. Here’s how can reach them too.


Read our latest blog articles.

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