Resources for Writers
Submissions Call: Mslexia Magazine
Submission deadline: various
As the UK’s biggest selling writing magazine, Mslexia is proud to publish work by women writers. And we’re constantly dreaming up new submission opportunities to get the creative juices flowing – whatever your genre.
Mslexia is the perfect place to get writing seen, and ideal for boosting the profile of newer writers. Loved by industry professionals and women writers the world over, your work could be read by 27,000 people, published alongside some of the best women writers working today! Literary agents and editors scan every issue on the lookout for fresh talent, and there’s no reading fee to submit – there’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain, including payment for many of our slots.
We are eagerly awaiting submissions for our Summer issue, and would be delighted if you could pass this information on.
Here are all the slots we have open…
Themed writing (Deadline 11 March 2019)
Our prestigious ‘Showcase’ section is currently open for submissions on the theme of Clothes. Uniforms; costumes; the clothes maketh the woman; the clothes of the future versus the clothes of the past; why wearing clothes is the best; why not wearing clothes is even better; the material, the sewing; throwing away that favourite jacket… stitch together your best work
Stories must be no longer than 2200 words, scripts no longer than 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions) and poems no longer than 40 lines.
Regular slots, Fiction (Deadline 8 April 2019)
Bedtime stories: Short stories to be read aloud to a child at bedtime. The stories can be on any subject. (Max. 300 words.)
First page surgery: Submit the title and first page of your novel of any genre. Our guest industry expert will comment, in the magazine, about how might it be changed to catch an agent’s or editor’s eye. If you’re feeling shy, you’re welcome to use a pen-name. This is an unpaid slot. (Max. 300 words.)
Pitch perfect: Submit a pitch for a project you’re planning to submit to an agent, editor or producer. The project might be a memoir, biography, fiction, theatre play or screenplay. Our guest industry expert will suggest ways to make it spark the interest of the people you need to impress. If you’re feeling shy, you’re welcome to use a pen-name. This is an unpaid slot. (Max. 100 words.)
Regular slots, Poetry (Deadline 8 April 2019)
Poet Laureate: Imagine you’re the Poet Laureate, whose task it is to respond poetically to news items and/or issues of topical importance. The subject matter is up to you, if possible, please include a link to the topic/news item you have chosen. (Max. 14 lines)
Regular slots, Non-fiction (Deadline 8 April 2019)
Features: We always welcome ideas for one-off features, and entries are considered on a rolling basis. Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.
For the love of it: This is a series on the writing we do with no expectation of it being published. Previous subjects have included writing bedtime stories with your child, transcribing old letters, and nature writing. Do you write plays for your local school? A memoir on behalf of your grandfather? If you would like to tell our readers about the writing you do for the love of it, let us know. Please send a pitch of up to 200 words, a brief CV, and a short published or unpublished sample of your writing.
Life sentence: One sentence only, describing one interesting/poignant/bizarre/uplifting thing that’s happened in your writing life recently. There’s publication, and a credit, but no payment for these. (Max. 25 words)
N is for…: A piece of creative nonfiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). (Max. 300 words.)
Subscriber only slots (Deadline 8 April 2019)
Poetry Challenge: Ode… An ode is a lyrical poem that glorifies or praises an event or individual – intellectually as well as emotionally. Odes are sincere, imaginative, and often quite elaborate in form. There is a classic three-part ode structure, but we are not limiting you to this. The ode can be on any subject. (Max. 40 lines)
Flash challenge: Theme ‘Shopping’. A fictional narrative nugget on the theme of ‘shopping’, in any prose style. Don’t forget to check out Issue 81 for judge Meg Pokrass’s theme-related writing exercise! (Max. 300 words)
All submission slots are completely free to enter, and we welcome work from women writers all over the world.
Further information available here.