If non-fiction or journalism is your thing, we have plenty of opportunities to get your voice heard.
We always welcome ideas for one-off features, and entries are considered on a rolling basis. Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.
You can also contact us with a brief proposal if you would like to be considered for the following slots in the magazine. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.
My portfolio career
Most writers’ lives are a mosaic of paid and unpaid work, including day jobs, caring duties, teaching, performance and bits of journalism (like this), as well as their creative writing. If you would like a chance to explain how your writing fits in to your life, let us know. Pitch us by listing your main creative genre plus four other aspects of your working life, e.g. ‘Writing poetry, working in a café, freelance website design, caring for elderly father, helping run poetry venue’. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.
We want to hear from writers who manage to continue with their creative work despite a particular challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule… Pitch us by stating your main creative genre plus a key ongoing challenge you grapple with in order to continue writing. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.
Get yourself into our December 2020 magazine (Issue 88) by submitting your writing to:
The Story of my Life
Are you writing a memoir? Please send a 500-word outline of the story you want to tell for expert feedback from acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho. Both outline and feedback will be published in Mslexia magazine.
What do you blog about and why? Please send a 150-word description of your personal blog plus a 200-word excerpt that illustrates your voice and subject matter – and a link, of course.
Send a photo of the place where you work – your desk, armchair, café corner, bath – along with up to 50 words about why it works (or doesn’t work) for you.
An opportunity to share the amusement, bemusement or torment of your submitting experience – e.g. ‘They used someone else’s name’, ‘My agent went AWOL’ – as a service to fellow mslexics. Up to 100 words – anonymously if you prefer!
Tell is about an object, organism or ritual that helps with your writing: e.g. teddy, terrier or tea in your lucky mug. Send a colour photo please of your necessity, plus up to 50 words of explanation.
Our newest memoir slot, named after the famous Moth memoir performance events in the US and available to sample on the Moth Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra. These are prose texts: a true anecdote written in first person, suitable for reading on the page or for performance. Must be between 700-800 words.
T is for…
A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Current letter: T. Max 300 words.
Send us a pitch (pithy description – 100 words max) for a project you’re planning to submit to an agent, editor or producer. The project might be a memoir, biography, fiction, theatre or screenplay. Our guest industry expert will suggest ways to make it spark the interest of the people you need to impress. (Use a pen name if you’re feeling shy.)
To submit, complete the form below and upload your submission document.
Alternatively send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
Don’t forget to also send us your contact details (address, phone number and email).
All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your work.
The December 2020 magazine (Issue 88) submission deadline is 5 October 2020. See here for guidelines and rates of pay.