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Monday, March 1, 2021

Mslexia seeks non-fiction

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Deadline: April 12, 2021

If non-fiction or journalism is your thing, we have plenty of opportunities to get your voice heard.

We always welcome ideas for one-off features, and entries are considered on a rolling basis. Send us 200-word proposal, plus a brief CV and a published or unpublished example of your writing.

You can also contact us with a brief proposal if you would like to be considered for the following slots in the magazine. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

My portfolio career
Most writers’ lives are a mosaic of paid and unpaid work, including day jobs, caring duties, teaching, performance and bits of journalism (like this), as well as their creative writing. If you would like a chance to explain how your writing fits in to your life, let us know. Pitch us by listing your main creative genre plus four other aspects of your working life, e.g. ‘Writing poetry, working in a café, freelance website design, caring for elderly father, helping run poetry venue’. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

We want to hear from writers who manage to continue with their creative work despite a particular challenge, e.g. new baby, long-term illness, English as a second language, depression, no Wi-Fi connection, family ridicule… Pitch us by stating your main creative genre plus a key ongoing challenge you grapple with in order to continue writing. We will get in touch if we want to commission a full article.

Get yourself into our June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) by submitting your writing to:

The Story of my Life
Are you writing a memoir? Please send a 500-word outline of the story you want to tell for expert feedback from acclaimed memoirist and literary agent Catherine Cho. Both outline and feedback will be published in Mslexia magazine.

What do you blog about and why? Please send a 150-word description of your personal blog plus a 200-word excerpt that illustrates your voice and subject matter – and a link, of course.

Writing Nest
Send a photo of the place where you work – your desk, armchair, café corner, bath – along with up to 50 words about why it works (or doesn’t work) for you.

Submission Stories
An opportunity to share the amusement, bemusement or torment of your submitting experience – e.g. ‘They used someone else’s name’, ‘My agent went AWOL’ – as a service to fellow mslexics. Up to 100 words – anonymously if you prefer!

Bear Necessities
Tell is about an object, organism or ritual that helps with your writing: e.g. teddy, terrier or tea in your lucky mug. Send a colour photo please of your necessity, plus up to 50 words of explanation.

Mslexia Moths
Our newest memoir slot, named after the famous Moth memoir performance events in the US and available to sample on the Moth Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra. These are prose texts: a true anecdote written in first person, suitable for reading on the page or for performance. Must be between 700-800 words.

U is for…
A piece of creative non-fiction inspired by a single alphabet prompt (e.g. H is for Hawk). Current letter: U. Max 300 words.

To submit, complete the form below and upload your submission document.

Alternatively send your entry by post to:
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1PZ

Don’t forget to also send us 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.

The June 2021 magazine (Issue 90) submission deadline is 12 April 2021.

We usually pay £25 for each piece published in Mslexia (except for ‘Life sentences’and ‘Slings and Arrows’, which are a wee bit of fun; and ‘Pitch perfect’ and ‘First-page surgeries’).