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Mslexia magazine is full of creative inspiration, practical advice and original poetry, fiction and memoir – as well as writing competitions, submission opportunities, online workshops, courses and events.

Issue 102

Eyes on the prize Sian Meades-Williams dives into the world of writing competitions, and asks whether the lack of regulation is harming writers

Bedside table Floella Benjamin tells us what’s on her nightstand

Interview Jennifer Lee Tsai talks to Forward-shortlisted poet Rebecca Goss

Substack success Katherine May tells us how she launched her Substack newsletter, The Clearing, and explains how you can get started on the platform

The knowledge Julie Vuong chats to authors and editors to get the lowdown on trends in climate fiction

Ethics and memoir Memoirist Lily Dunn explains why she chose to write memoir over fiction

PLUS: Novelist and short story writer Camilla Grudova introduces her selection of stories and poems on the theme of ‘cats’




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Inspired, inspiring, invaluable.

Sarah Waters

Entertaining, insightful and unpredictable. No woman who is serious about writing should be without it.

Sophie Hannah

I like the non-elitist way it deals with all kinds of writing.

Wendy Cope