Mslexia welcomes article and interview proposals
Journalism pitches for articles and interviews are welcome at any time. Send us a 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.
Full-length articles are around 1,600 words long – there are at least three in each edition. We also commission a feature-length author interview of around 2,500 words for each edition and a lead 'Agenda' piece of around 3,000 words. (Our lead author interview always profiles an author with a substantial body of work, who is not currently promoting a new book. Debuts and new releases are covered in other interview and article slots.)
We normally commission magazine articles in December, March, June and September. At this time we revisit all pitches received in the previous 12 months, on a rolling basis, and frequently commission articles pitched many months previously. During that period, feel free to pitch your idea elsewhere – and good luck! If you have not heard from us after 12 months it’s unlikely that we will commission the article you have pitched, but please do try again with another idea, or with a fresh slant on your original pitch.
Please familiarise yourself with the magazine before pitching. You can buy the latest issue here.
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.
Unsure about eligibility, formatting, or what happens to your work after you submit? Visit our Submissions Policy page.
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.