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Fiction

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Credit: Beatrice, wife of Harry Houdini, was voiced in Issue 87 by Jackie Taylor for our 'The World's wife' series. Who would you ventriloquise?

There are currently five ways to submit fiction to Mslexia, from a 100-word flash in response to a visual prompt, to 2,200-word broadcast-length short story on our latest theme. 

Showcase themes

Twice a year we invite leading authors to select from submissions of short fiction and poetry on a particular theme for the Showcase section of Mslexia magazine. Our curator-judges have included Hilary Mantel, Carol Ann Duffy, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse, Jackie Kay, Pascale Petit, Linda Grant and many more.

Stories must be no longer than 2,200 words (which translates to a 15-minute radio broadcast slot) and poems up to 40 lines (the maximum that can comfortably fit onto a single page of the magazine) and we pay for every piece we publish. There is no lower word or line limit. You may send up to four poems and/or up to two stories on any one theme. 

Roots  Our Issue 91 theme is about hidden depths and ancestry, about what nourishes and anchors plants and humans alike. Deadline: 7 Jun. Need some exercises to get you started? We have just the ticket here.

The World’s Wife 

A 500-word fictional prose monologue in the voice of the wife, mistress, sister, mother of a famous real or fictional person. We’re inviting strong voice pieces suitable for both page or performance. Please give your piece a title that explains the relationship, e.g. ‘Ophelia, fiancée of Hamlet’; ‘Melania, wife of Donald Trump’. 

Flash Challenge 

Please send stories up to 250 words that tell a complete story. The next theme is ‘Disguise’. (Subscribers only.)

Bedtime Story  

A submission slot for short stories intended to be read aloud to a child at bedtime. They can be on any subject, but no more than 250 words in length.

Flash Card  

Up to 100 words inspired by a ‘flash card’ image featured in our newsletter Little Ms. Remember, it must tell a complete story. (Subscribers only – submit direct to littlems@mslexia.co.uk)

Fiction feedback

We have ended the ‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘First Page Surgery’ series in the magazine. But if you are interested in receiving feedback on these aspects of your work, we regularly invite leading literary agents, authors and book doctors to comment on pitches and first pages at our online events in the Mslexia Salon. 

Mslexia Salon

Don’t forget to look out for our annual Women’s Fiction Competitions, which open on 1 June 2021: three categories, top prize £5,000.

Competitions

How to Submit

Submitting online

To submit, complete the form below this section and upload your submission document.

Submit Online

Submitting by post

Alternatively, send your entry by post to:

Mslexia
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ

Please include your address, phone number and email on a separate cover sheet, along with the title of the work you are submitting. All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear on the submitted work itself.

Submit your work

This form is for writers submitting work for Mslexia magazine. If you are submitting several pieces, please use a new form for each submission. (There is a different form for competition entries that you can access via the Competitions area of the website.)

Your message

There is no need to include a cover letter with your submission, but you are welcome to use this space if you would like to tell us something about your writing or yourself, or to comment in any way on Mslexia. If we want to publish all or some of this for the ‘What you’re saying’ section of the magazine, we promise to contact you first to seek permission.

Upload your submission

All commonly used file types are acceptable, including .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pages, .txt, .rtf, .jpeg, .jpg and .png. If we are unable to read your submission, we will get in touch.

New submission categories

Some of our submission categories change quarterly; others every six months; and we refresh the entire magazine on an annual basis. Tick the box if you’d like to be kept in touch with any changes.

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