The magazine for woman writers

Mslexia is read by top authors and absolute beginners. No other magazine provides its 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.

Subscribers receive a quality print or digital magazine (aka Big Mslexia) plus a regular email supplement (little ms). We also produce an annual Writer’s Diary, run a portfolio of high-profile competitions for women writers, and tour the UK with the Mslexia Roadshow, a programme of literary events and writing workshops.

In the beginning…

Mslexia was launched in 1999 with support from the National Lottery and the Arts Council of England (thank you!), but we’ve been largely self-sufficient since 2003.

The company started life with just me and two part-time staff banging our heads on the sloping ceilings in a tiny two-room attic in a run-down part of Newcastle. These days we are a team of seven housed by Northumbria University (thank you, too!) in lofty Georgian splendour in the city centre. But our mission statement is the same:

‘to provide information, guidance and inspiration for published and unpublished women writers, and to help improve the quality and standing of women’s writing in all literary spheres

New tricks

In the old days I used to originate half of the magazine myself – and I still organise our quarterly writing surveys, write the occasional feature, and pen my regular ‘How to write a bestseller’ column. But these days the rest of our regular columns are written a bevy of experts, that have included Jane Rogers, Danuta Kean, Laura Wilson, Liz Jensen, Caroline Sanderson and Lesley Glaister. And each issue is commissioned by a different guest editor, who stamps her own idiosyncratic spin on the contents. Recent guests include Linda Kelsey, Melissa Benn, Suzy Feay and Val McDermid.

Alongside this starry line up, much of the magazine is open to submissions from any woman and we aim to include at least one previously unpublished writer in every issue. There are now over 20 open submission slots for every genre you can imagine.


For women who write

Mslexia tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print.

inspired, inspiring, invaluable’ Sarah Waters

the place for poets to see and be seen’ Carol Ann Duffy

I look forward to every issue’ Hilary Mantel

an essential part of the writer’s toolkit wherever you are in your career’ Val McDermid