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Mslexia Magazine - Issue 76

Mslexia Magazine - Issue 76

Agenda: The youth vote: how YA fiction influences political opinion

PLUS: The dangers of writing tuition • Meditation and Creativity • Carrying on after rejection • Writing about pregnancy

Debbie Taylor


Sarah Perry • Jane Harris • Sibéal Pounder • Carolyn Jess-Cooke • Victoria Derbyshire


  • Could YA fiction swing the next election? Laura Steven explains how writers can change the world, one teenager at a time
  • 2017 Poetry Pamphlet Competition winner


  • What you’re saying about… prologues, famous poets and suffragettes
  • What happened when you wrote a 25-word novel
  • Life sentences
  • Writing in the world: cancer, with Susmita Bhattacharya
  • Noticeboard
  • Spread the love: writers’ collectives
  • Get creative with podcasts
  • Blogwatch


  • Jane Harris introduces stories and poems on the theme of ‘Yesteryears’


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Naomi Foyle
  • What’s the point? Karon Alderman on why she keeps writing in the face of rejection
  • Musical theatre: Susannah Pearse on putting on a show
  • Sibéal Pounder’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Helena Astbury
  • Poetry challenge: specular poetry, selected by Linda France
  • A visit to nowhere: Sita Brand on how meditation can aid your writing
  • Rhyme story: ‘Swoop, poop, plop’ by Lalla Merlin
  • Picture this: Bethan Woollvin
  • First page surgery with Imogen Robertson


  • Sarah Perry talks to Rebecca Swirsky


  • Publishing news
  • Madame Lexi’s crystal ball
  • Advice to my younger self
  • Submission bootcamp: tenacity
  • Safety first: Carolyn Jess-Cooke on the lack of regulation of writing workshops
  • Pitch surgery with Carrie Plitt
  • Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: writing in response
  • Insight: script submissions to Paines Plough
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: manuscript wish list, agent Joanna Moult
  • Insight: Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust
  • Insight: New Welsh Writing Awards
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author: Chitra Ramaswamy
  • Six best women in translation
  • Books about writing
  • Fiction issues: fairy tales by Zoë Marriott
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: Sarah Hall
  • Script news
  • I confess
  • Non-fiction: votes for women with Caroline Sanderson
  • H is for…
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses
  • Insight: getting a gig at Stanza in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Insight: Stacy Makishi in performance

And finally

  • Victoria Derbyshire’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia
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