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 All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose submitted by published and unpublished authors.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.
‘Reader, I shagged him’: Is Jane Austen a chick lit author?
Working with autism
Danger: poet at work
Your writing USP
Mslexia: are we cured yet?
Kit de Waal
Issue 72 is all about honest appraisals – of ourselves, our writing and our goals. Editor Debbie Taylor takes a good hard look at Mslexia’s own sense of purpose in the Agenda. Is a women’s writing magazine still necessary or relevant? Has the publishing industry achieved equality across genders? Meanwhile, Gillian Bridge assesses the impact of introspective poetry on mental health, and Nina Grunfeld helps your discover your writing USP. Want to help other people express themselves? Emily Wiseman talks through her writing workshops with people with autism. On a lighter note, Rebecca Smith investigates whether Jane Austen could be considered chick lit – it’s all about POV.
In our ever-popular insights, Danuta Kean interviews Meg Rosoff; Emma Donoghue and Kit de Waal share what does and doesn't work for them, Suzanne Barton spills the beans on her illustrated works, Laura Steven explores the world of teen thrillers, and Mariella Frostrup shares her bedside table.
Of course, there are pages of new creative writing. Wray Delanaey (aka Sally Gardner) introduces stories and poetry on the theme of Secret Fantasy. (Be warned: some of this writing is so steamy the pages curl), and our popular short submission slots include searing and heartbreaking creative non-fiction, our villanelle poetry challenge, a delightful children’s poem, and flash crime to make you shudder.
As always, your community forum, open door, don't miss and out now offer tips on how to support your fellow writers and share your opinions. There’s also pages and pages of opportunities and special ‘insights’ into the minds behind the mags, the competitions, the grants and the theatres. Honest appraisals include pitch and first page surgeries from Jo Unwin and Jill Dawson, an interview with debut novelist Sharon Duggal, and the success story of self-published author Clare Flynn.