Issue 79

Sep/Oct/Nov 2018

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda:  the rise (and rise) of self-publishing

PLUS:  Nature writing • How to receive feedback • Challenging the curriculum • Writing horror

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Francoise Harvey


Jackie Kay • Ruby Tandoh • Nancy Revell • Meena Kandasamy • A M Homes


  • Self-publishing takes off: Orna Ross on how independent authors are on the rise


  • What you’re saying about… competitions, free PDFs and your own achievements
  • What happened when you wrote a description of yourself
  • For the love of it: nature writing with Jacqueline Bain
  • Blogwatch
  • Noticeboard
  • Writing in the world: printing a community newspaper with Esther Beadle


  • Rosie Garland introduces stories and poems on the theme of ‘cooking’


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for A M Homes
  • Poetry challenge: Golden Shovel, selected by Linda France
  • Hard truths: Helen Corner-Bryant on how to give and receive feedback
  • Nancy Revell’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Alison Jacobs
  • First page surgery with Kitty Walker


  • Meena Kandasamy talks to Debbie Taylor

Off the page

  • Script news
  • Play list with Chinonyerem Odimba
  • Plan your set with Malika Booker
  • Listen up with Helen Mort
  • Bedtime story: ‘Mrs O’Bogarty is a witch’
  • Moving words with Claire Trévien
  • Sister acts with Kirsten Luckins
  • Monologue: ‘Boke’ by Jackie Kay


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • Brick by brick: Katy Guest builds a portfolio career
  • Pitch surgery with Kate Nash
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier
  • Balancing the books: Imogen Usherwood asks why so few women writers are included in the school curriculum

Doors open

  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Insight: script submissions to Ink Festival 2019
  • Open for submissions
  • Three of a kind: themed writing
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: literary agent Thérèse Coen’s manuscript wishlist
  • Insight: The Liminal Residency
  • Insight: The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author interview: Rachel Edwards
  • Poet laureate by R D Gardner
  • Six best second novels
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Jade Cuttle
  • Non-fiction: going solo with Caroline Sanderson
  • K is for…
  • Fiction issues: writing horror by Dawn Geddes
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: A M Homes
  • Books about writing; I confess

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses

And finally

  • Ruby Tandoh’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia