Issue 72

Dec/Jan/Feb 2016/17

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Agenda:  Mslexia: are we cured yet?

PLUS:  Find your writing USP • Was Jane Austen a chick lit author? • Working with people with autism

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In Issue 72…

Debbie Taylor


Emma Donoghue • Meg Rosoff • Kit de Waal • Wray Delaney • Mariella Frostrup

Mslexia – are we cured yet? Debbie Taylor examines the new data on women and writing
2016 Poetry Pamphlet Competition winner

What you’re saying about… anonymity, women-only events, and stereotypes
What happened when you tried power posing; Life sentences
Spread the love; Tribal loyalty
Get creative with Instagram; Blogwatch

Wray Delaney introduces poems and stories on the theme of ‘secret fantasy’

Creativity news; writing exercises
What works for Kit de Waal
Me myself I: Gillian Bridge looks at poetry and mental health
YA: Laura Steven on writing thrillers for teenagers
Emma Donoghue’s Achilles’ heel
Flash genre: Julie Noble
Poetry challenge: villanelle, selected by Linda France
Did Austen write chick lit?: Rebecca Smith investigates
Rhyme story: ‘The trouble with two’ by Rennie Parker
Picture this: Suzanne Barton
First page surgery with Jill Dawson

Meg Rosoff talks to Danuta Kean

Publishing news
Advice to my younger self
Self-help test drive
Make an impression: your author bio
Submission bootcamp: the finishing line
How many women does it take to change a lifebulb? Nina Grunfeld on discovering your writerly USP
Pitch surgery with Jo Unwin
Pitch calendar
Madame Lexi’s crystal ball
Self-publishing survivors: Clare Flynn

Doors open
Open for submissions
Insight: pitch prospects
Three of a kind: flash fiction magazines
Insight: script submissions to Lost Theatre Company
Open for entries: competitions and awards
Insight: Northern Writers’ Awards
Insight: Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize
Time away: writing holidays

Out now
Début author interview: Sharon Duggal talks to Danuta Kean
Four best non-fiction books; Books about writing
Fiction issues: troublesome teens by Katy Guest
Short story news; Review by Alice Slater
Short story heroes: Deborah Levy
Script news; I confess
New non-fiction: self-help with Caroline Sanderson; D is for…
Poetry news; Review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss
Events and courses
Insight: getting a gig at Rattle Tales, Hove
Writing in the world: People with autism, with Emily Wiseman
Insight: into a Kate Tempest performance

And finally
Mariella Frostrup’s bedtime reading
What we’re up to
Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia