Issue 78

Jun/Jul/Aug 2018

£8.95, plus p&p where applicable

Agenda:  the magical world of children’s publishing

PLUS:  Why boasting is good for you • Oral history • Compiling old letters • Writing a novella

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Debbie Taylor


Rachel Abbott • Sandeep Parmar • Bernardine Evaristo • Liz Jensen • Madeline Miller


  • Hearts and minds: Debbie Taylor on what’s happening in children’s publishing


  • What you’re saying about… popular poetry, book blogs and novel comps
  • What happened when you wrote in ten-minute bursts
  • For the love of it: compiling old letters with Barbara Parfitt
  •  Blogwatch
  • Noticeboard
  • Writing in the world: oral history with Laura Mitchison


  • Liz Jensen introduces stories and poems on the theme of ‘weather’


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Sandeep Parmar
  • Poetry challenge: list poems, selected by Linda France
  • Short and sweet: Alison Moore sings the praises of the novella
  • Madeline Miller’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Damhnait Monaghan
  • First page surgery with Emma Pass


  • Rachel Abbott talks to Danuta Kean

Off the page

  • Script news
  • Play list, Zinnie Harris
  • Score your text with Malika Booker
  • Listen up with Helen Mort
  • Bedtime story: ‘Cat flowers’
  • Moving words with Claire Trévien
  • Sister acts with Kirsten Luckins
  • Monologue: ‘The unthinkable’ by Bernardine Evaristo


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • Boasting for beginners: Tania Hershman urges us to celebrate our achievements
  • Pitch surgery with Jenny Hewson
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier
  • Incredible journeys: S K Perry talks to other shortlisted Mslexia Novel Competition entrants about what happened next

 Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: launch nights
  • Insight: script submissions to BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: literary agent Tessa David’s manuscript wishlist
  • Insight: ACE Develop Your Creative Practice Fund
  • Insight: The Brighton Prize
  • Time away: writing holidays

 Out now

  • Début author interview: Emma Flint
  • Poet laureate by Fran Hill
  • Six best audiobooks
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Sarala Estruch
  • Non-fiction: living by the books with Caroline Sanderson
  • J is for…
  • Fiction issues: winning formulas by Alex Clark
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Alison MacLeod
  • Books about writing
  • I confess

 Don’t miss

  • Events and courses

 And finally

  • Sam Baker’s bedtime reading; What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia