Issue 84


Dec/Jan/Feb 2019

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda: Whose line is it anyway? What the Own Voices movement means for writers

PLUS:  Popular science • Psychoanalysing your characters • The agony of submitting • DIY marketing and PR

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Debbie Taylor


Malika Booker • Amanda Craig • B A Paris • Joanna Kavenna • Carrie Gracie


  • Whose line is it anyway? Debbie Taylor on how the #ownvoices movement is shaking up the literary world 


  • What you’re saying about… acts of kindness, financial advice, compostable covers, and more
  • Humblebrags
  • Your life sentences
  • For the love of it: zines with Nina Vallard
  • Terri-Jane Dow’s view of reviewing
  • Noticeboard


  • Malika Booker introduces the winners of the PBS/Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Joanna Kavenna
  • Poetry challenge: pastoral and ecopoems, chosen by Linda France
  • Maps of the mind: Arabel Charlaff on how psychoanalytic theory can help us write characters
  • B A Paris’s Achilles’ heel; Flash challenge: Bridget Hamilton
  • First page surgery with Caroline McCarthy


  • Amanda Craig talks to Katy Guest

Off the page

  • Script news
  • Play list with Selina Thompson
  • Podding along: interview podcasts with Alice Slater
  • Songbirds: rhyme schemes with Susie McComb
  • Mslexia Moths, selected by Molly Naylor
  • Bedtime story: ‘The lost sprout’ by Estelle Grace Tudor


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • The waiting game: Huma Qureshi on what to do while you submit work
  • Pitch surgery with Sophie Lambert
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Lucy Corkhill
  • Show and tell: Debbie Young on how to get your book noticed

Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: sci-fi
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
  • Insight: agent Chloe Seager’s manuscript wishlist
  • Insight: Shore Poets
  • Insight: The Moth Poetry Prize
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author interview: Jessica Andrews
  • Poet laureate by Cherie P Bowers
  • Six best thrillers with no violence against women
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Joanna Lee
  • Non-fiction: popular science with Caroline Sanderson
  • Fiction issues: commercial women’s fiction by Maggie Alderson
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Jane Rogers
  • Books about writing
  • P is for…

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses

And finally

  • Carrie Gracie’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia



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