Firstly, let me
declare myself an avowed fan of Mslexia. The name
of the magazine is an invented word, meaning women’s
writing, also referring to ‘the difficulty women
find in getting published as compared to men’.
The magazine is ‘for women who write’,
covering all areas affecting writers, from poetry
to booksellers to publishing.
It is professionally produced, great-looking and packed
with useful information for both genders. Fortunately
it lacks the usual literary snobbery, with guides
to writing best sellers or appearing in ‘women’s
magazines’ alongside more serious literary markets.
It features interviews with world famous writers,
but one of its strongest points is the ‘New
Writing’ section, which features both poetry
and prose. This is always themed and has in the past
included subjects such as shoes, dogs and rain. This
issue it’s Travel. I have to say the submissions
on this subject are not up to the usual excellent
standard (and also, are rather dull, though to be
fair, it’s rather a dull subject). The guest
editor who has chosen the work gives useful analysis
on how and why the pieces have been selected.
Other excellent features of the magazine include the
Creativity section which helps the writer develop
new ideas and overcome writer’s block. In this
section there is also the wonderful Mslexia MA in
Novel Writing, in nine parts, which guides you through
the process of developing a novel.
The most indispensable part of the publication is
the Info Directory where you can find extensive calls
for submissions, competitions, information on grants,
courses, events and websites. It’s very thorough
and well-put together and is the place that this reviewer
found out about Visionary Tongue!
Mslexia is a great publication and every writer –
woman or man – will find it has something in
it to get their creative juices flowing.
Review by Mia Hart-Allison