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.
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. Please ensure your name does not appear on the work itself.
Cats: For Issue 102 we're looking for stories about fesity felines, mercurial moggies and big wild cats. Deadline: 11 March
Red: blood, roses, strawberries, ladybirds...or Taylor Swift's fourth studio album? Send us your Red themed submissions for Issue 103. Deadline: 10 June
The World’s Wife
A 500-word fictional prose monologue in the voice of the wife, mistress, sister, daughter, 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 (Subscriber Only)
Judged by award-winning author Meg Pokrass. Please send stories up to 250 words that tell a complete story on the theme: rationalisation
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.
Perfect Pitch (Subscriber Only)
Do you have a novel or memoir ready for submission? Are you wrestling with how to describe it to an agent or editor? Submit your draft pitch letter for possible inclusion in Mslexia, along with detailed feedback from experienced literary agent Catherine Cho.
Your letter should be no more than 300 words in length, and should include the following information:
- two-sentence overview of the book (including its genre and one or more comparative title/s)
- brief summary of the plot/contents
- two sentences about you
We have ended the ‘First Page Surgery’ series in the magazine. But if you are interested in receiving feedback on this aspect 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.
Unsure about eligibility, formatting, or what happens to your work after you submit? Visit our Submissions Policy page.
Deadline for inclusion in Issue 102 of Mslexia: 8 April 2024
How to Submit
To submit, complete the form below this section and upload your submission document.
Submitting by post
Alternatively, send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.