Issue 75 (Sep/Oct/Nov 2017)

We’re pleased to share the inventive and stunning poetry of the 2017 Mslexia Poetry Prize, as judged by Sinéad Morrissey, with styles and topics ranging from the fragmented to the formal; from cows in space to the marijuana fields of South Africa. Congratulations to the winners and shortlisted poets – and out thanks to everyone else who entered.

Alongside this are our usual creative slots, including a slice of flash horror; toothsome children’s poetry; and an Elvis-based confession. Read our Agenda feature from Short Story superstar Tania Hershman – the brains and sweat behind short-story resource site Short Stops, she looks at the rise of the short story in the UK. Jules Horne shares just how you can earn a living from writing (copywriting doesn’t mean selling out); our popular Writing in the World feature looks at teaching teachers to write; award-winning author Alison Moore examines the truth of the darkest-before-dawn nature of a career as a writer; and Diane Shipley delves into the wonderful world of fanfiction.

Don’t forget to check out the extensive listings and insights. Find out how to tempt Theatre Royal Stratford East with your script, check out what agent Molly Ker Hawn dreams of finding in her inbox, apply for a residency or retreat, and discover just how Charlie Jordan makes her poetry performances so compelling. All this and much, much more.



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