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 Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.

‘For the love it’
This is a series on the writing we do with no expectation of it being published. Previous subjects have included writing bedtime stories with your child, transcribing old letters, and nature writing. Do you write plays for your local school? A memoir on behalf of your grandfather? If you would like to tell our readers about the writing you do for the love of it, let us know. Please send a pitch of up to 200 words, a brief CV, and a short published or unpublished sample of your writing. As with features, these pitches are considered on a rolling basis.


Get yourself into our December 2019 magazine (issue 84) by submitting your writing to…

NEW! Mslexia Moths
Our new 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. 

P is for…
A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Current letter: PMax 300 words.

Pitch perfect
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.)

Life sentence
One sentence only, and no more than 25 words, describing one interesting/poignant/bizarre/uplifting thing that’s happened in your writing life recently.

Big up your writing (and writing-life) achievements! Tackling a public speaking phobia or a writing block can be just as significant as a prize shortlisting, so if you are listing a publication, please tell us something about the challenges you faced along the way. Limited to 75 words please.


To submit, complete the form below and upload your submission document (unless submitting a Life Sentence or Humblebrag, in which case please simply paste them in the ‘message’ field).

Alternatively send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ

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 2019 magazine (issue 84) submission deadline is 7 October 2019See here for guidelines and rates of pay.


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