Issue 75

Sep/Oct/Nov 2017

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda:  Making real money: how to earn a living from copywriting

PLUS:  The rise of the short story • Teaching the teachers • Fab fanfiction • The importance of persistance

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In Issue 75…

Debbie Taylor


Sinéad Morrissey • Sarah Hilary • Jill Mansell • Emma Healey • Naomi Klein


  • Small is beautiful: Tania Hershman on the resurgence of the short story


  • What you’re saying about… plagiarism, self-publishing, and celebrity authors
  • Noticeboard
  • What happened when you used your smartphone to write flash fiction
  • Life sentences
  • Spread the love
  • Tribal loyalty
  • Writing in the world: Teaching teachers, with Alicia Stubbersfield
  • Get creative with Medium
  • Blogwatch


  • Sinéad Morrissey introduces the winners of our Poetry Competition


  • Creativity news; writing exercises
  • What works for Fiona Sampson
  • I get knocked down (but I get up again): Alison Moore on blocks and breakthroughs
  • Musical theatre: Susannah Pearse on types of musicals
  • Emma Healey’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Ann Abineri
  • Poetry challenge: Pantoum, selected by Linda France
  • The joy of fics: Diane Shipley on the weird world of fanfiction
  • Rhyme story: ‘Snagglesome cragglesome’ by Vanessa Gebbie
  • Picture this: Emily Gravett
  • First page surgery with Jane Adams


  • Jill Mansell talks to Katy Guest


  • Publishing news
  • Madame Lexi’s crystal ball
  • Advice to my younger self
  • Submission bootcamp: take advantage of your  cycles
  • Words that sell: Jules Horne on making a living from copywriting
  • Pitch surgery with Julia Silk
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

 Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: Pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: horror magazines
  • Insight: Script submissions to Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: Manuscript wishlist, with children’s agent Molly Ker Hawn
  • Insight: The Next Chapter Award
  • Insight: Portobello Prize
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author: Zoë Duncan
  • Six of the best hybrid books
  • Books about writing
  • Fiction issues: What scares us, by Sarah Hilary
  • Short story news; review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Ali Smith
  • Script news
    I confess
  • Non-fiction: Medical matters with Caroline Sanderson
  • G is for…
  • Poetry news; review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses
  • Insight: Getting a gig at the Gower Street Short Story Salon
  • Insight: Charlie Jordan in performance

And finally 

  • Naomi Klein’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia