Poetry

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

Get yourself into our December magazine (issue 80) by submitting to…

Poetry Challenge: (subscribers only)
Rondeau Redoublé – a French form consisting of five four-line stanzas, ending with a stanza that is four and a half lines long. Each line of the first stanza is, respectively, the final line of the following four stanzas. The final stanza’s half-line ending is the first half of the first line of the poem. The rhyme scheme should be abab then baba, until the sixth stanza, which can use either. There are several good examples available. Check out Dorothy Parker’s ‘Rondeau Redouble (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble at That)’, or Wendy Cope’s, which begins ‘There are so many kinds…’

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 must be no more than 14 lines long, 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 December magazine (Issue 80) deadline is 8 October 2018. Click here for the full guidelines and rates of pay.

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Excited to have my flash selected for this month's Little Ms Flashcard. Thanks Mslexia.
Kerrin Leeb