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Issue 70 – Digital Edition

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Jun/Jul/Aug 2016

Agenda: Who killed The Alarmist? Debbie Taylor on life (and death) in the world of litmags

PLUS: Writing while undergoing chemotherapy • ‘Women don’t sell movies’ – challenging Tinseltown • Teaching writing in prisons

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In Issue 70 – Digital Edition…

Editor
Debbie Taylor

Plus
Paula Hawkins • Carolyn Forche • Michele Roberts • Charlotte Mendelson • Helen Lederer • Shamim Sarif


Agenda
Who killed The Alarmist? Debbie Taylor on life (and death) in the world of litmags

Forum
What you’re saying about… sugar, academia, and influences
Noticeboard
What happened when you tried a ‘digital detox’
Life sentences
Spread the love
Tribal loyalty
Get creative with Tumblr
Blogwatch

Showcase
Michèle Roberts introduces the winners and finalists in our Women’s Short Story Competition 2016

Craft
Creativity news; writing exercises
What works for Charlotte Mendelson
My chemo brain: Susmita Bhattacharya on keeping writing while undergoing chemotherapy
YA: Laura Steven on fantasy world-building
Carolyn Forché’s Achilles’ heel
Flash genre: Susan James
Poetry challenge: sestina, introduced by Linda France
Rhyme story: Philomela by Adele Fraser
Picture this: Sarah McIntyre
First page surgery with Jill Dawson

Interview
Paula Hawkins talks to Debbie Taylor

Career
Publishing news
Advice to my younger self
Self-help test drive
Make an impression: use your own name
Submission bootcamp: building a support team
‘Women don’t sell movies’: Shamim Sarif takes on Tinseltown
Pitch surgery with Jenny Brown; Pitch calendar
Madame Lexi’s crystal ball
Self-publishing survivors: Kate Evans
House to house: Veronika Robinson on her DIY book tour

Doors open
Open for submissions
Insight: pitch prospects
Three of a kind: online poetry mags
Insight: script workshops with The Script Readers
Open for entries: competitions and awards
Insight: Royal Literary Fund fellowships
Insight: Impress Prize for New Writers
Time away: writing holidays

Out now
Debut author interview: Karen Lee Street talks to Danuta Kean
Six best books about health
Books about writing
Fiction issues: historical settings by Rachel Hore
Short story news; Review by Alice Slater
Short story heroes: Elizabeth McCracken
Script news; I confess
New non-fiction: popular history with Caroline Sanderson;
B is for…
Poetry news; Review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss
Events and courses
Insight: getting a gig at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre
Writing in the world: Prisons, with Mim Skinner
Insight: a Francesca Beard performance

And finally
Helen Lederer’s bedtime reading
What we’re doing
Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia