The magazine for woman writers

Mslexia tells you everything you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print. Read by top authors and absolute beginners, no other magazine provides its idiosyncratic mix of advice and inspiration, debate and analysis; news, reviews, interviews; competitions, events, courses, grants. All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose.

Why ‘for women writers’? There is a detailed justification for the magazine in the lead article in the launch edition, and a more recent update of the issues here.

Subscribers receive a quality print or digital magazine (aka Big Mslexia) plus a regular email supplement (little ms). We also run a portfolio of high-profile competitions for women writers, publish the unique Indie Press Guide with info about nearly 600 independent book publishers and literary magazine, 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 eight 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‘to provide information, guidance and inspiration for published and unpublished women writers, and to help improve the quality and standing of women’s writing in all literary spheres’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 but these days our regular columns are written a bevy of experts, who have included Malika Booker, Lesley Glaister, Danuta Kean, Liz Jensen, Helen Mort, Jane Rogers, Caroline Sanderson, Margaret Wilkinson and Laura Wilson.

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line up, much of the magazine is open to submissions from any woman and we aim to include at least one previously unpublished writer in every issue.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 14 open submission opportunities for every genre you can imagine. You can see me talking about how to submit to Mslexia here.

‘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

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