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SUBMISSIONS(Seren Poetry Editor). Prize £250; plus publication by Seren. Closing date: 19 June 2017NOVEL COMPETITION For previously unpublished women novelists. Send us the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. Judges: Philippa Gregory and others TBC. Prize: £5,000. Closing date: 18 September 2017THEMED WRITINGStories up to 2,200 words, scripts up to 1,000 words (inc. character names and stage instructions) and poems up to 40 lines.ISSUE 76: YESTERYEARS It’s often said that the past is another country. Take your imagination on a journey to history or prehistory and tellus about the poignant, tragic or amazing people and events you discovered there.Deadline: 4 September 2017ISSUE 77: BEWITCHED Writing with a mythical, mystical or paranormal aspect. So channel your inner Rowling and Pullman and open the door to dæmons, dungeons and dragons. Deadline: 4 December 2017SUBSCRIBERS ONLYFLASH GENRE A narrative nugget, up to 300 words, of fantasy, romance, sci-fi or crime. POETRY CHALLENGE Poem on any topic, but must be a concrete poem (no more than 40 lines, please take into account page size and space).PETITS FOURS Poems of just four lines on a topic of our choosing – see Little Ms for theme.FLASH FICTION Up to 100 words inspired by a picture prompt in Little SUBMISSIONSCONFESSION 300-word memoir piece about something of which you were (or are) ashamed.F IS FOR... A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Up to 300 words.FIRST PAGE SURGERY Submit the first page of your novel (up to 300 words), for industry expert feedback in the magazine. READ-ALOUD STORY RHYMES Rhyming texts, up to 200 words, that tell a story to read aloud to a small child.SELF-PUBLISHING SURVIVORS For interview: a brief outline of your self-publishing experience, plus any words of advice for other writers. We will contact you if we want to interview you. HINDSIGHT Up to 150 words of advice you’d give your younger self, based on your experience of writing and creativity.PITCH PERFECT Pitch of up to 100 words for a project you’re planning to submit to an agent, editor or producer, for industry expert feedback in the magazine. LIFE SENTENCE Up to 30 words on a recent happening in your writing life (unpaid).Deadline for inclusion inIssue 74: 10 April 2017► If you already have a subscription, upgrade toMslexia Max for just £12.► Single copies are available for £8.95 (+ p&p for outside the UK).To subscribe online, by post or by telephone - or for more information, to set up a gift subscription, or to order back issues, e-books, Indie Presses guide...► Visit:► Email: ► Call: 0191 204 8860► Write: mslexia, Freepost RTKZ- LGXC-EBAH, mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ73‘mslexia’ means women’s writing (ms = woman, lexia = words). mslexia’s purpose is to provide information, guidance and inspiration for published and unpublished women writers, and to help improve the quality and standing of women’s writing in all literary spheres. Through its magazine, e-books, diary, competitions, events, website and wider online presence, mslexia aims to be a platform and a playground for its Kay Hadden,Emily OwensAdvertising: Laura StevenBooks: Danuta KeanBusiness Development: Anna Snell Editorial: Debbie Taylor,Françoise HarveyFinance: Isabel SmalesListings: Sarah Foyle, Kay Hadden, Emily OwensMarketing: Sarah Foyle,Martha Lane, Laura Steven Projects: Sarah Foyle, Martha Lane Production: Françoise Harvey, Martha LaneSubscriptions: Kay Hadden Volunteer: Catherine EllisWeb Design: Indigo, Magazine Design: Juliette Boisseau, ChameleonsEye (shutterstock)Icon art: Josie BrookesMslexia, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ T: 0191 204 8860E: is published by mslexia Publications Ltd.Annual Renewal: If you subscribed in Jun/Jul/Aug 2016 you have now received four magazines and your subscription is due for renewal. Direct debit payments will be collected automatically on 1 June 2017. 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Judge Kit de Waal 1st Prize: £500; three finalists: £50. Entry fee £5 per flash fiction. HURRY! Closing date: 20 March 2017WOMEN’S POETRY COMPETITION Judge Sinéad Morrissey. 1st Prize £2,000; 2nd Prize £400, 3rd Prize £200. 17 runners-up win £25 each. £500 special prize for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet. Closing date: 19 June 2017WOMEN’S POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION Judge Amy WackThe easiest way to subscribe is by direct debit or annual Paypal. This method saves you £10 every year. All subscriptions include Little Ms.► Subscribe by direct debit (UK bank accounts only) or annual Paypal subscription: £24.75(+ p&p for outside the UK).► Subscribe by credit or debit card: £34.75 (+ p&p for outside the UK).HOW TOSUBSCRIBE► Subscribe by cheque: £34.75 (+ p&p for outside the UK). 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