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

Get yourself into our March magazine (issue 77) by submitting to…

Poetry Challenge: (subscribers only)
We’re looking for poems in the form of a Ballad of up to 40 lines. Ballads usually tell a story and consist of quatrians (four-line stanzas) in alternating 8 and 6 syllable lines that rhyme abab or abcb. Technical parameters to take into account are narrative and rhyme – also rhythm and a natural, inclusive voice. And we encourage you to be experimental and innovative; try adapting the form to come up with something fresh.

Read-aloud story rhymes
Many picture books for children have, at their heart, a story narrated in the form of a short rhyming text. Send us your rhyming texts of up to 200 words that tell a story to read aloud to a small child.

And also…

Petits fours competition
Four lines that don’t have to rhyme, based on a topic set in the monthly Mslexia subscriber newsletter little ms (subscribe here).

Twice a year you can also send us your themed writing for the Showcase section of the magazine. The submission window is opening soon: 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 include your contact details (address, phone number and email).

The March magazine (Issue 77) deadline is 8 January 2018. Click here for the full guidelines and rates of pay.

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