The pen truly is mightier than the sword!
Mslexia is not just ‘whistling Dixie’ when it comes to women who wield pens. The range of topics that this British quarterly (published in Newcastle, UK) covers is unique. It’s take on capturing women’s individual voices sets it apart from more conventional magazine publishers in the UK.
It is somewhat regional in its ‘Out and About’ section covering readings, workshops, and events available in the UK only. It does make up for it, however, with its wealth of other topics. The magazine highlights creative writing, emphasizing novel, short story and poetry writing.
In a world where there are so many competitions requiring aspiring writers to pay to submit their work, Mslexia offers a stable submission schedule for readers to write on a particular theme and submit to its ‘New Writing’ section.
There is a regular ‘call’ for poetry and prose submissions. Instead of an in-house editor for ‘New Writing’, there is a changing roster of guest editors who write on submissions quality, why particular pieces were selected (or rejected) and writer’s slants on various themes.
In ‘First Draft’, a published writer compares and contrasts the first draft of her work to her published piece. Every issue covers news, features, reviews and interviews, UK and international opportunities as well as writing exercises and tips on a wide range of topics.
The newest addition to the Mslexia family is unlike anything else being offered in the magazine publishing world right now - an MA in novel writing - a series of nine lessons being published over two years to help beginning and published novelists alike.
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