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Submission Opportunities at Mslexia

Mslexia Magazine is the magazine for women (sorry chaps!) who write and they have a whole host of submission opportunities for writers.

Their annual Women’s Poetry Competition is now open for entries. For poems of any length and on any subject, the first prize is £2,000 and it will be judged by the Costa award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie. Click here for more information.

They are also running the second annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition, for short collections of 18-20 pages of 20-24 poems by women poets who have not previously published a full-length collection. The first prize is publication by Seren Books, plus £250. The brilliant winner of the 2012 competition, Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin, is available to buy now. The closing date for both competitions is 17 June 2013. Click here.

For writers of other genres, all there is a broad range of regular slots open for submission:

For scriptwriters, there’s a Monologue feature (in the voice of a ‘shoplifter’ for issue 59) and they’re challenging poets to send their take on Four Lines that Rhyme.

Fans of new media are invited to submit A Week of Tweets about their writing and/or life – or to apply for a three-month ‘residency’ on the Mslexia Blog.

And as a special challenge to writers of description and character, their regular Pen Portrait feature will focus on a ‘nun’ in issue 59. The deadline for issue 59 is 15 July 2013. Click here for all the information needed to submit.

There are six additional open submission slots in the magazine – making 13 slots in total – one of their main aims is to inspire women to write, to edit their work, and to submit it for publication. The editors see Mslexia as both a jumping-off point for new authors and a showcase for some of the best new poetry and short prose by women writers at every stage in their careers.

For full submission guidelines and regular updates, visit

For regular writing workshops, including those specially-commissioned for our upcoming competitions, visit

Keep an eye out for their Novel Competition, too. Open to unpublished women novelists only, first prize is £5,000 and the deadline is 23 September 2013. Visit for more information and full guidelines.

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