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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.

Find out what’s new in creativity and publishing, gain expert advice and inspiration, read extraordinary poetry and prose, and use our 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.

Some of our regular features include:

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.

Perfect Pitch Acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho deconstructs a submitted novel or memoir pitch to discover the key narrative at its heart.

Creative journalling Jenny Alexander dives into using journalling to enhance your writing practice.

Ethics and memoir Memoirist Lily Dunn walks through the ethical issues which arise when you publish a memoir – and what you can do to overcome them.


Submission slots

There are 17 days to submit your work to Mslexia – including poetry, fiction, memoir and journalism.

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

Uncovering writing competitions, defence mechanisms, what’s new in climate fiction, how to get started on Substack, writing on your commute and object poems

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.

The sort of friend you never outgrow - a source of tips, tricks and deeper inspiration.

Hilary Mantel

The place for poets to see and be seen.

Carol Ann Duffy