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 All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose submitted by published and unpublished authors.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.
Guilty or not guilty? Crime and punishment in poetry and prose
Perils of perfectionism
Minimal social media
Can writers afford to retire?
Issue 73 is the perfect thing to bring your writing to bloom along with the daffodils.
For this issue, we asked for poems and stories on the theme of ‘Guilty’, and by golly you delivered, showering judge Sophie Hannah with blood, anguish, comeuppance and absolution. Whatever your poison, there’s a piece here for you. Check our website for information on our next Showcase themes – now with space for the scriptwriters among you.
Elsewhere in the magazine, reality checks abound – from Melissa Benn's Agenda piece on the tricky issue of writers ‘retiring’, to Lucy Corkhill on how to accept your limits and stop perfectionism from hampering your creativity, to Polly Allen's advice on how to minimise social media usage without jeopardising your online community.
Feeling more ambitious than administrative? Stretch your skills with our new series on musical theatre; insights into multiple submission opportunities – including our new Manuscript Wishlist and Pitch Prospects interviews; a feature on writing complex female characters; a peek into the world of new Poetry Review editor Emily Berry; and much much more.
We’re also proud to announce the winner of the Mslexia Children’s Novel competition – and if you reckon the next winner could be you, this year’s competition is open for entries now!