Poetry

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

Get yourself into our September magazine (issue 79) by submitting to…

Poetry Challenge: (subscribers only)
The Golden Shovel – a very modern form invented by poet Terrance Hayes. Take a line/lines from a poem you admire, and use each word in it/them as an end word in your poem, while maintaining the order. Your poem will be as many lines long as there are words in your chosen line(s) – but please no longer than 40! Please credit the poem you use. Hayes’ original ‘The Golden Shovel’ can be read here, and a full introduction to the form, written by Don Share for the Poetry Foundation, can be found here.

Poet Laureate
Imagine you are the Poet Laureate, whose task it is to respond poetically to new items and/or issues of topical importance. The actual subject matter is up to you, but your poem should be no more than 14 lines, please. If appropriate and possible, please also provide 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. The submission window is open: 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:
Mslexia
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 September magazine (Issue 79) deadline is 9 July 2018. Click here for the full guidelines and rates of pay.

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