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Memoir and Life Writing

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There are currently six ways to submit your life writing to Mslexia, including how you’re writing despite a personal challenge, what you’re blogging about, and Mslexia Moths anecdotes for performance.

The Story of My Life 

Are you writing a full-length memoir? Please send a 500-word outline of the story you want to tell for expert feedback from acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho. Both outline and feedback will be published in Mslexia magazine. (Use a pseudonym if you’re feeling shy.) 

Mslexia Moths  

A memoir slot, named after the famous Moth memoir performance events in the US and available to sample on the Moth Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra. These are true anecdotes written in prose, in first person, and suitable for reading on the page or in performance. Your text must be between 700 and 800 words (the length of an 8-minute performance).

Blogability

What do you blog about and why? Please send a 150-word description of your personal blog plus a 200-word excerpt that illustrates your voice and subject matter – and a link to the blog, of course.

My Portfolio Career  

Most writers’ lives are a mosaic of paid and unpaid work, including day jobs, caring duties, teaching, performance and journalism, as well as creative writing. If you would like a chance to explain how your writing fits in to your life, let us know. Pitch us by simply listing your main creative genre plus two or three other aspects of your working life, e.g. ‘Writing poetry, working in a café, freelance website design, caring for elderly father’. We will get in touch if we want to commission an article. 

#amwriting  

We want to hear from writers who manage to continue with their creative work despite a particular challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule... Pitch us by stating your main creative genre, plus a key ongoing challenge you grapple with in order to continue writing – no more than 200 words in all. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

W is for...   

A piece of creative non-fiction, up to 300 words, inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Next letter: W. 

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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