Issue 80

Dec/Jan/Feb 2018/19

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda:  what’s happening to writers’ earnings?

PLUS:  Surviving troll on social media • True crime • When to give up your novel • Writing for Mills and Boon

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Debbie Taylor


Carol Ann Duffy • A L Kennedy • Anna Soubry • Suzanne O’Sullivan • Bidisha


  • Money matters: Grace Holliday weighs the evidence on author earnings


  • What you’re saying about… literary agents, elitism and literary comp judging
  • What happened when you wrote your aspirational writer’s biography
  • For the love of it: local history with Tania Rahman
  • Blogwatch
  • Noticeboard
  • Writing in the world: mental health with Caroline Butterwick


  • Carol Ann Duffy introduces the winners of the PBS/Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Bidisha
  • Poetry challenge: Rondeau Redoublé, selected by Linda France
  • Ghost town: Margaret Wilkinson on the pros and cons of visiting the location she’s writing about
  • Tara Bergin’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Wendy Dove
  • First page surgery with Vicky Grut
  • On giving up: Kat Sommers asks if it’s ever okay to admit defeat


  • Suzanne O’Sullivan talks to Debbie Taylor

Off the page

  • Script news
  • Play list with Dawn King
  • Rehearsals and warm-ups with Malika Booker
  • Listen up with Helen Mort
  • Bedtime story: ‘Tinker Boy’
  • Moving words with Claire Trévien
  • Sister acts with Kirsten Luckins
  • Monologue: ‘Preston and free’ by A L Kennedy


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • #hutchrabbitgirls: Kim Moore on being silenced by social media trolls
  • Pitch surgery with Karolina Sutton
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: women-only publishing
  • Insight: script submissions to UK Film Festival Script Competition
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: literary agent Jenny Hewson’s manuscript wishlist
  • Insight: The K Blundell Trust
  • Insight: Writers’ & Artists’ YearbookShort Story Competition
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author interview: Kate Milner
  • Poet laureate by Vicky Allen
  • Six best translated novels by women
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Mary Jean Chan
  • Non-fiction: true crime with Caroline Sanderson
  • L is for…
  • Fiction issues: on writing Mills & Boon by Julia Williams
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Angela Readman
  • Short story heroes: Katherine Mansfield
  • Books about writing
  • I confess

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses

And finally

  • Anna Soubry’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia

Additional information

Two-day issue