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There are currently five ways to submit poetry to Mslexia, including our topical themed 'Poet Laureate' slot and our 'Poems for the Planet' series curated by award-winning Climate Writer Linda France.

Showcase themes

Twice a year we invite leading authors to select from submissions of poetry and short fiction 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.


A short poem (no more than four lines) on any subject, plus an original illustration – related to the poem – which may be a drawing, painting or photograph, but must be created by the poet herself or by someone who has given permission for the illustration to be used with the poem. The image needs to be suitable for print reproduction, i.e. 300 dpi.

Poems for the Planet 

Climate Writer Linda France will judge poems submitted about the living things that share our extraordinary planet with us and comment on her top choice. The topic for the next issue is ‘Wild Mammals’. Submit up to 40 lines. (Subscribers only.)

Poet Laureate 

Imagine you are the Poet Laureate whose task it is to respond poetically to news items and issues of topical importance. The subject matter is up to you, though we encourage you to think outside the box – local news as well as world news. No more than 14 lines in length and if possible also send a link to the topic or news item you have chosen.


A four-line biographical poem about a famous real person, living or dead, for possible publication in our Little Ms newsletter. The rhyme scheme is aabb; the style affectionately mocking. (Submit direct to

Here’s a famous example: 

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, ‘I am going to dine with some men. 
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s’.

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:

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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