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Mslexia Magazine - Issue 88

Mslexia Magazine - Issue 88

Full of creative inspiration, practical advice and original poetry, fiction and memoir

Featuring Sarah Hall, Melissa Benn, Nikita Gill, Sarah Moss, Rachel Holmes, Jill Dawson, Stacey Halls, Emma Kennedy and many more

In this issue

Return of the housewife Debbie Taylor looks at the impact of the pandemic on women’s writing 

A spoonful of sugar Jill Dawson challenges the usual teaching model for creative writing 

The knowledge Julie Vuong talks to specialist agents and editors about trends in cosy crime

Cat woman What can a 1970s filmmaker can teach a 2020s historical novelist about plotting? Stacy Halls explains

Interview Melissa Benn talks to cultural historian Rachel Holmes about women’s rebellion, resistance and continuity in political thinking

Insight Novelist Sarah Moss explains why she has written and abandoned four novels – and why this as a good thing

Bottling it Award-winning YA author Laura Steven on how she made sure her new baby wouldn’t undermine her writing

Playmaking Acclaimed playwright and tutor Margaret Wilkinson spells out how to go about plotting a play

DIY bestsellers Self-publishing guru Debbie Young on publishing and selling your own novels for children

Prizewinning fiction Sarah Hall and Ingrid Jendrzejewski introduce the winners of the 2020 Mslexia Short Story and Flash Fiction Competitions. Read the winning entries along with insights into our judges’ thoughts about the submissions.


What’s new on Instagram, poetry and flash fiction challenges, writing exercises, synopsis surgery, poetry and short story reviews, memoirs for performance, pitching to pet magazines, writing as therapy


Our unique listing of over 120 writing competitions and submission opportunities, plus lots of online workshops, courses and events

Sarah Hall, Melissa Benn, Nikita Gill, Sarah Moss, Rachel Holmes, Jill Dawson, Stacey Halls, Emma Kennedy and many more

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