Issue 83

Sep/Oct/Nov 2019

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda: Pass it on: Sara Grant on the epidemic of grassroots philanthropy in the writing community

PLUS:  Incredible journeys in poetry and prose • Support networks • Researching agents • Creating a newsletter • Fictional cults

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In Issue 83…

Françoise Harvey


Cressida Cowell • Shazia Mirza • Maggie Gee • Zoë Brigley • Katherine May


  • Pass it on: Sara Grant on the epidemic of grassroots philanthropy in the writing community


  • What you’re saying about… critiques, compostable covers, sister stories, cultural democracy
  • Humblebrags
  • Your life sentences
  • For the love of it: bespoke Choose Your Own Adventures with Isabelle Mead
  • Alice Bell’s view of reviewing
  • Noticeboard


  • Katherine May introduces stories and poems on the theme of ‘journey’


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Zoë Brigley
  • Poetry challenge: aubade, introduced by Linda France
  • Walk the line: Christina Sanders on why a short stroll can help the words flow
  • Maggie Gee’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash challenge: Lotty Talbutt
  • First page surgery with Kavita Bhanot


  • Cressida Cowell talks to Fiona Noble


  • Script news
  • Play list with Nina Berry
  • Podding along: fiction podcasts with Alice Slater
  • Songbirds: rhyme and slant rhyme with Susie McComb
  • Mslexia Moths, selected by Molly Naylor
  • Bedtime story: ‘The Lost Star’ by Kim Donovan


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • Letter openers: Claire Wingfield on how to build your profile using newsletters
  • Pitch surgery with Nelle Andrew
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Lucy Corkhill
  • Looking the gift horse in the mouth: Katie Munnik on pros and cons of winning an agent


  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: LGBTQ+ magazines
  • Insight: Green Stories
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: agent Sophie Lambert’s manuscript wishlist
  • Insight: Polari
  • Insight: CWA’s Debut Dagger
  • Time away: writing holidays


  • Début author interview: Melanie Blake
  • Poet laureate by Margaret Pritchard Houston
  • Six best radical reads for children
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Jade Cuttle
  • Non-fiction: books by musicians with Caroline Sanderson
  • Fiction issues: cults by Alex Marwood
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Miranda July
  • Books about writing
  • O is for…


  • Events and courses


  • Shazia Mirza’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia