Mslexia tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print.
No other magazine provides Mslexia’s unique mix of debate and analysis, advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews; competitions, events, courses, grants. All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose submitted by published and unpublished authors.
Mslexia is read by top authors and absolute beginners. A quarterly masterclass in the business and psychology of writing, it’s the essential magazine for women who write.
The youth vote: how YA fiction influences political opinion
Dangers of writing tuition
Meditation and creativity
Carrying on after rejection
Writing about pregnancy
When we commission our columnists each year, we ask for a series of pieces covering a particular topic, but we rarely specify exactly what each columnist should focus on within their assigned area. So sometimes what they alight upon chimes uncannily with items we commission for our main features. And we end up with a magazine that tackles the same themes from a variety of different angles.
That’s what’s happened with this issue of Mslexia. We asked Carolyn Jess-Cooke to look at and the risks inherent in the lack of regulation of writing-for-wellbeing workshops, and Susmita Bhattacharya talks about similar concerns while writing with fellow cancer sufferers. Karon Alderman’s lyrical piece explains why she carries on writing in the face of rejection, and Lucy Corkhill tackles the same issue in her Submission Bootcamp. And Meg Clothier’s brisk attack on social media chimes nicely with Sita Brand’s look at mindfulness and creativity.
The Agenda feature, from YA author Laura Steven, explores just how YA fiction influences the political opinions of its readers, and award-winning author Sarah Perry talks about how recovering from illness infiltrated her work, and accepting her status as a Gothic writer.
Jane Harris presents the winning stories and poems on the theme of ‘Yesteryears’, covering everything from Fanny Burney’s mastectomy to the fate of a mercury prospector, and elsewhere you can stumble across dive-bombing pigeons in highly creative children’s poem ‘Swoop, Poop, Plop’ and the dollhouse of your nightmares in regular piece of Flash Genre section.
As always, we offer 12 pages of events and publication opportunities and insights. Find out how to get involved with Paines Plough theatre company, check out what agent Joanna Moult dreams of finding in her inbox, apply for a residency or retreat, and discover just how Stacy Makishi makes her poetry performances so compelling. All this and much, much more.
And, of course, don’t forget to check our website for information on our many submission slots!