Memoir and Life Writing
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.)
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).
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.
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
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.