Writers of verse, come this way – we are waiting for your submissions.

Get yourself into our March 2020 magazine (Issue 85) by submitting to…

Poetry Challenge: Love poems (Subscribers Only)
Send us your love poems. We’re looking for work that is contemporary, unsentimental, open to the possibility of shifting sexualities and genders, whilst still coming from the heart (wherever the poet senses that is located!).  We’re always hesitant to proscribe and keen to be surprised, but the important thing is that these poems clearly reflect a voice writing now – original, authentic, economical and poised. Make sure your poem is no longer than 40 lines.

Poet Laureate
Imagine you are the Poet Laureate, whose task it is to respond poetically to news items and/or issues of topical importance. The actual subject matter is up to you, though we encourage you to think outside the box – local news as well as world news. Your poem must be no more than 14 lines long, please, and ideally we’d also like a link to the topic/news item you have chosen.

And also…

Limerick challenge
Limericks on any topic in the monthly Mslexia subscriber newsletter little ms. For information on how to submit, look in your inbox for the most recent Little Ms, or subscribe here.

Twice a year you can also send us your themed writing for the Showcase section of the magazine. See Themed Writing for more info.

Don’t forget to look out for our annual Women’s Writing Competitions.

To submit complete the form below and upload your submission document.

Alternatively, send your submission by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ.

Don’t forget to also send us your contact details (address, phone number and email).
All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your work.

The March magazine (Issue 85) deadline is 6 January 2020. Click here for the full guidelines and rates of pay.

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