Twice annually Mslexia ask for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors (in the past they have included Julia Blackburn, Nicci Gerrard, Pascale Petit, Rachel Cusk and Sarah Dunant) and are published in the magazine. They also make a small payment for most submissions they publish.

They look for stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts (for theatre, radio or film) of up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions).

Please note: They only accept up to four poems, two short stories and two short scripts per entrant.

Current themes

ISSUE 87: WILDLIFE For Issue 87 they’re inviting submissions on all creatures great and small. Whether it’s a mosquito or marmoset, a flea or a ferret, they’re itching to read your zoological creations. Deadline: 8th June 2020.

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines and forms can be found on the Mslexia website.