Issue 74

Jun/Jul/Aug 2017

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda:  The bestseller rollercoaster: Debbie Taylor investigates the formula for a blockbuster novel

PLUS:  Spoken-word trends • Reviews in women’s mags • Workshops for deafblind writers

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Debbie Taylor


Deborah Levy • Cathy Kelly • Kate Summerscale • Hollie McNish • Annie Nightingale


  • The bestseller rollercoaster: Debbie Taylor investigates the formula for a blockbuster novel


  • What you’re saying about… cake-making, instagramming and getting political
  • Noticeboard
  • What happened when you used your newsfeed as a writing prompt
  • Life sentences
  • Spread the love
  • Tribal loyalty
  • Writing in the world: Deafblind workshops, with Deborah Andrews
  • Get creative with Snapchat
  • Blogwatch


  • Deborah Levy introduces the winners of our Short Story Competition
  • Kit de Waal on the winners of our inaugural Flash Fiction competition


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • And the word was made flesh: Lucy English on spoken word trends
  • Musical theatre: Susannah Pearse on getting started
  • Cathy Kelly’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Lara Frankena
  • Poetry challenge: Concrete poetry, selected by Linda France
  • On not writing: Claire Wingfield on keeping in touch with your muse
  • Rhyme story: ‘The adventures of Elastic Jones’ by Ama Bolton
  • Picture this: Helen Stephens
  • First page surgery with Davinia Andrew-Lynch


  • Kate Summerscale talks to Caroline Sanderson


  • Publishing news
  • Madame Lexi’s Crystal Ball
  • Advice to my younger self
  • Submission bootcamp: Self-promotion
  • Finding a hook: Fanny Blake on how to pitch to women’s magazines
  • Pitch surgery with Sarah Such
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

Doors open

  • Insight: Pitch prospects
  • Insight: Manuscript wishlist, agent Laura Williams
  • Insight: Hosking Houses Trust
  • Insight: Bluepencil-agency First Novel Prize
  • Insight: Script submissions to Soho Theatre
  • Three of a kind: translated writing
  • Open for submissions
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author: Kit de Waal
  • Six best short fiction sci-fi
  • Books about writing
  • Fiction issues: Picture books by Dr Wendy O’Shea-Meddour
  • Short story news; review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Alice Munro
  • Script news
  • I confess
  • Non-fiction: Writing motherhood with Caroline Sanderson
  • F is for…
  • Poetry news; review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses
  • Insight: Getting a gig at Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Insight: Hollie McNish in performance

And finally

  • Annie Nightingale’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia