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Mslexia: Short Stories and Poetry Submissions

10 June 2024

Mslexia Open submissions

Mslexia is an award-winning magazine supported by Arts Council England. Its mission is to help women express themselves and get their writing noticed: in print, online and in performance.

Twice a year Mslexia invites leading authors to select from submissions of short fiction and poetry on a particular theme from the Showcase section of Mslexia magazine. Their curator-judges have included Hilary Mantel, Carol Ann Duffy, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse, Jackie Kay, Pascale Petit, Linda Grant and many more.

Stories must be no longer than 2 200 words (which translates to a 15-minute radio broadcast slot) and poems up to 40 lines (the maximum that can comfortably fit onto a single page of the magazine) and they pay for every piece they publish. There is no lower word or line limit. You may send up to four poems and/or up to two stories on any one theme. Please ensure your name does not appear on the work itself.


  • Red: blood, roses, strawberries, ladybirds…or Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album?

The deadline for the Red themed submissions for Issue 103 is 10 June 2024. There is no submission fee.  Only submissions in English or in any English dialect are welcome. All work must be previously unpublished. The submissions are open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman, regardless of background or location.

To submit, complete the form on their website and upload your submission document.

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