The June edition of Mslexia is out now

Mslexia’s 2018 Women’s Fiction Awards includes a brand new Novella category. But what exactly is a novella? Award-winning exponent Alison Moore explains in the June magazine – and offers some pointers for would-be novella-istas. Also in this edition, by popular request, is Danuta Kean’s interview with the megaselling self-publishing phenomenon that is Rachel Abbot, revealing why (and how) she decided to go it alone. And for all you modest minnies out there, Tania Hershman will be getting out her foghorn to urge women writers to boast about their achievements.

Talking of achievements, a survey published in the June mag found that of writers who took part in the survey, 80 per cent of those who were shortlisted for Mslexia’s previous novel and memoir competitions now have agents – and 50 per cent have had their books published.

Women’s Fiction Awards

This year’s Women’s Fiction Awards have a closing date of 1 October. Whatever genre rocks your boat, there is a category for you (and a total prize pot totalling of over £13,000): Flash Fiction (up to 300 words), Short Story (up to 3,000 words), Novella (up to 40,000 words) and Children’s Novel (minimum 20,000 words).

Online Summer Salon

Over on Mslexia Max (the members area of the Mslexia website), a Summer Salon is in full swing, focusing on the craft of fiction, including live virtual workshops, expert surgeries, bespoke content, a write-a-thon –culminating in an Agent Extravaganza, where members can pitch their manuscripts to their dream literary agents. All this and more for an extra £1 a month on top of the usual Mslexia subscription.

Single Poem and Poetry Pamphlet Competitions

This year Mslexia has teamed up with the Poetry Book Society for our two annual competitions for women poets. Carol, Ann Duffy is judging the competition for best unpublished single poem (first prize £2,000), and Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack will be selecting from the pamphlet entries to choose a collection for publication – and a prize of £500. You can find out more here.

Free submissions to Mslexia magazine and Little Ms

There are 14 other ways of submitting your writing to Mslexia, including articles about writing, topical poems, memoir pieces, narrative non-fiction, children’s bedtime stories, flash fiction, short stories and more. We pay for every piece we publish. For the latest slots and themes, check here.

Workshops, talks, surgeries

Upcoming Mslexia events involving moi are listed here.