What's New Wednesday: Writing Opps with Mslexia Magazine
Melinda T. Falgoust
It’s “What’s New Wednesday” here at InkSpired and we’d like to take you on a trip across the pond to introduce some lovely ladies in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Now, while Mslexia magazine is not exactly new (founder and Editorial Director Debbie Taylor established the magazine back in 1999), the magazine has some new and amazing opportunities for women writers. If you have never heard of Mslexia before, it is more than just a magazine. It is a unique resource with advice for all stages of your writing career – from fostering creativity to edging J.K. out of the number three spot on the N.Y. Times Best-Seller list with your next great novel. The unique name of the magazine derives from a clever combination of MS, denoting “woman” and LEXIA, denoting “words”. We all have a story to tell. Mslexia might just help you tell yours.
Currently, Mslexia is offering several opportunities to try and break into the March 2019 magazine (Issue 81) by submitting your writing to one of several categories:
- If you are a subscriber to Mslexia, they are currently seeking flash fiction up to 300 words in the fantasy, sci-fi, crime, and horror genres.
- Non-subscribers are welcome to send entries to their Bedtime Stories feature. These pieces must remain under 300 words and must be appropriate to be read to children at bedtime.
Mslexia also has two AMAZING opportunities to help you hone your presentations to agents and editors and better your odds at rising above the slush pile. While these opportunities are unpaid, quality feedback is worth its weight in gold which makes these glittering gems worth examining:
- If you send the title and approximately 300 words of your novel (first page), their guest industry expert will comment, in the magazine, about how might it be fine-tuned for maximum impact. Submissions may be made under a pseudonym if you have stage fright.
- Step inside the car, push the button, and get ready to ride straight to the top as Mslexia’s guest industry expert helps you tighten your “elevator pitch” to make it sparkle like a Hollywood star. Interested authors, screenwriters, and playwrights should streamline their projects into a lean 100 words and hit send.
Interested parties should complete the form HERE and upload your submission document.
Alternatively, send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
Be sure to include your contact details (address, phone number and email). All submissions are judged anonymously, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your work.
This is just a sample of what Mslexia has to offer. For more information, please visit their website at https://mslexia.co.uk/. See you next week!