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Welcome to the website for Mslexia, the magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and (we hope) inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to our quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short-story writers.
We welcome submissions for every part of the magazine (apart from the Editor’s letter). Explore the website to submit to the magazine, enter our competitions, sample past and current issues – and generally join in with the Mslexia conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.
In the magazine
Explore Issue 57 (Mar/Apr/May 2013)
New Writing: Memoir – chosen by Rachel Cusk ◊ Do antidepressants affect women's writing? ◊ The 10 Commandments ◊ Point of view ◊ Kirsty Lang's Bedside Table ◊ Menna Elfyn on Making a Poem ◊ Gwyneth Lewis talks to Alex Pryce. Explore this issue » Editorial »
MSlexia novel competition
CONGRATULATIONS to Lu Hersey, who has won the 2012 Children's Novel Competition with her book Deep Water.Read more »
2013 Women's Novel Competition
is now open for entries. For novels written for adults or young adults on any theme, by unpublished women novelists. First prize: £5,000. Judges: Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid, Charlotte Robertson. Closing date: 23 September 2013. Read more »
MSLEXIA POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION
Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin
The 2012 winning pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin, has been published by Seren Books and is now available for just £5Read more »
2013 Women's Pamphlet Competition
is now open for entries! For short collections of 20-14 pages of 18-20 poems, by women poets who have not yet had a full-length collection published. Prize: Publication by Seren Books in 2014, plus £250. Closing date: 17 June 2013Read more »
MSLEXIA POETRY COMPETITION
2013 Women's Poetry Competition
is now open for entries. For previously unpublished poems of any length and on any theme. First prize: £2,000. Judge: Kathleen Jamie. Closing date: 17 June 2013. Read more »
Podcasts for writers
The Write Lines 2012
Listen to a series of online radio programmes containing expert advice for writers on topics incluing e-publishing, marketing your book and building your career as a writer. Produced by National Short Story Week (12-18 Nov) and presented by Sue Cook. Read more »
A lively and informative community for writers
Currently writing for the blog are: Gillian & Laurie Best, who are exploring their collaborative blog writing project as mother and daughter; Katie Griffiths, a poet who is trying to write song lyrics; and Kate Purdy, who is documenting her attempt to revitalise her creativity The Artist's Way à la Julia Cameron – Morning Pages and all. Plus insights from the Mslexia office and guest editors. Read more »
Your chance to win!
We have five print copies of the practical and informative Choosing a Self-Publishing Service by Ben Galley and Mick Rooney, and edited by Orna Ross, to give away. Also available as an ebook, this new book draws on the expertise of members, advisors and the Watchdog Service of the Alliance of Independent Authors, the non-profit association of self-publishing authors which is now one year old. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the simple question by following the link below. Good luck!
CLOSING DATE: 31 May
What's on for writers
Horta Writing Centre
offers residential workshops and retreats in the spectacular Els Ports National Park in Catalonia, Spain. Upcoming workshops include: Fiction with Gillian Slovo (27 Apr-3 May); Novel in Progress with Trezza Azzopardi (1-7 Jun); Historical Fiction with Sarah Dunant (8-14 Jun).
- Catalonia, Spain.
flamingofeather Poetry Competition
is for poems of up to 120 lines on any theme. Judges: Mimi Khalvati and Peter Daniels. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £200, 3@£50, plus additional prizes.
"Poetry is like being in the Marines. If you've come through that particular bonfire, nothing can scare you."
Gwyneth Lewis ◊ Read the Interview
"the memoirist has to be brave because she may be obliged to show herself in an unflattering light"
Rachel Cusk ◊ New Writing
"I turn down the corner [of book pages] to keep my place and underline things, and write in the margins. "
Kirsty Lang ◊ Bedside Table