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Here at Mslexia Towers we're dedicated to helping women step onto the publishing ladder and climb as high as possible. That's why there are 17 open submission slots in our quarterly print magazine and monthly email supplement little ms (sign up for our free snappy updates). Whatever your passion – fiction, journalism, reviewing, script, poetry, blogging – there's a place for your work in Mslexia.


April is National Poetry Writing Month, when poets (and poetry virgins) challenge themselves to write a poem every day for 30 days. It doesn't have to be a completely new one, or a long one, or even good one, but people who've taken part in NaPoWriMo are always amazed at how this daily discipline unlocks their creativity. To get you started, we've devised 30 short exercises: check in daily for the latest.

When you've finished your 30 poems, why not pick out the best to polish up for our annual poetry competition? The first prize is £2,000, and there's a special £1,000 prize for a previously unpublished poet. Or you could select your best 20 poems and enter them as a pamphlet.


Not to worry. This year we're running a new competition for undiscovered women memoirists. The deadline's 22 September, so there's lots of time to dust off your diaries and unearth the key stories of your life. We'll be posting a series of memoir workshops from May onwards.


In the magazine

Explore Issue 61 (Mar/Apr/May 2014)

Editor – Debbie Taylor ◊ Agenda – A healing flame ◊ Interview – Francesca Simon ◊ New Writing: 'Troubled minds' submissions - Nicci Gerrard ◊ PLUS: Meg Clothier ◊ Margaret Wilkinson ◊ Kate Adie ◊ Danuta Kean ◊ MoreExplore this issue » Editorial »


Open for entries - closing date 16 June 2014

We're looking for single poems of any length, on any subject. Judged by Wendy Cope, all winning poems will be published in Mslexia.

First prize: £2,000

SPECIAL NEW PRIZE: £1,000 (for best poem written by a previously unpublished woman poet)

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MSLEXIA Women's Pamphlet competition 2014

Open for entries - closing date 16 June 2014

Separate from the single poem competition, we're looking for collections of poems of any style or length. Judged by Amy Wack from Seren Books.

First prize: Publication by Seren Books in 2015

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MSLEXIA women's memoir COMPETITION 2014

Open for entries - closing date 22 September 2014

Previously unpublished memoirists - send us the first 5,000 words of your memoir to be in with a chance of winning.

First prize: £5,000

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Congratulations to our 2013 Novel Competition Winner!

Well done Katie Tallo, for winning last year's competition with with her novel Gone Monday.

MSlexia women's short story competition 2014

Now closed

Our 2014 Short Story Competition is now closed. Winners will be announced in our December issue.

Latest News - blog


A lively and informative community for writers

Currently writing for the blog are: Carolyn Jess-Cooke, bringing her Writing Motherhood discussion to our blog, asking how being a mother affects our creativity; Nina Antonia following her biography Johnny Thunders - In Cold Blood from cult favourite to big screen motion picture; and Uschi Gatward will use our blog as a submissions journal, (honestly) tracking her successes and failures over three months. Plus insights from the Mslexia office and guest editors. Read more »

Your chance to win!

Competition prize

We have five copies of Daughters of Time by The History Girls (edited by Mary Hoffman) to give away. Featuring exceptional children's authors, this anthology brings to life the tales of remarkable women in history, and shows how they've shaped the world we live in today. To be in with a chance of winning, follow the link below. Good luck!


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What's on for writers

Disability Arts Cymru

have organised a monthly creative writing group where members can practice writing skills and develop their work, be it short stories, novel, poetry, drama or non-fiction, in a friendly atmosphere. The group is specifically for writers writing in Welsh, as well as for those who self-identify as disabled and/or who have long-term physical and/or mental health conditions.

Aldeburgh Eight 2014

offers a unique opportunity for eight emerging poets to spend eight days of accelerated poetry development with experienced tutors. Includes an immersive three days at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Applicants should demonstrate a strong publishing track record, real promise and clear evidence of commitment. See website for application process.

Francesca Simon

Adults love stories about transgressors and forbidden acts. Children are no different

Francesca Simon ◊ Read the Interview

Nicci Gerrard

A sense of solitariness ran through much that I read: the self alone, vulnerable and valiant

Nicci Gerrard ◊ New Writing

Kate Adie

That book seemed to sum up that entire summer for me: joyfully bohemian and completely different

Kate Adie ◊ Bedside Table









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