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Spring is springing, and we hope you are too! There are so many glorious writing opportunities out there – any of which could make your career well and truly blossom. This month we have themes like 'freedom', 'hope' and, erm... 'keys'. That one's on us. But we do hope you'll blow our minds with your writing on locking and unlocking.

We're also dedicated to providing a whole roster of opportunities on our virtual members' area (were you one of the hundreds of writers who took part in yesterday's Agent Extravaganza? If so, pop your feet up today – you deserve it!). Next up is a workshop on how to write high concept fiction; the kind that sells BIG to editors and publishers. We'll be welcoming author and tutor Katie Khan to impart the tricks of the trade on 5 April.

You do have to be a subscriber to Mslexia Salon to access the event, but at just £1/month on top of a regular print subscription, it's ridiculously good value. If you want in-depth resources for honing your craft, workshops with industry experts, support from countless like-minded women and the opportunity to pitch your work straight to agents and editors, the Salon is for you.
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Launched in collaboration with the legendary Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, Book B*tches Literary Magazine is a competition and publication platform dedicated to uplifting the voices of women and non-binary people of colour. Four short story writers will be selected per genre to feature in the print edition of the magazine, and winners will receive a £200 cash prize, a one-hour consultation with an agent, and a-30 minute mentoring session with Illumicrate founder Daphne Tonge. Most genres of short fiction are accepted, and it's free to enter. Get cracking!

Deadline: 31 March
Entry fee: free
Enter here


An international competition for poetry, flash fiction and short stories – with a cushy top prize of £1,000 in each category and paid publication. The shortlists are judged by Kandace Siobhan Walker (poetry) and Matt Kendrick (flash fiction), and selected pieces will be published in a jazzy new anthology. The theme for this year's competition is hope – rather apt for daffodil season, don't cha think?

Deadline: 31 May
Entry fee: from £5 flash fiction (free for low-income writers in the UK)

Enter here*


Are you a poet who fancies a crack at a lofty theme? Magma's next issue is on the theme of 'physics', and judges Susannah Hart and Stav Poleg are looking for contemporary poetry with a fresh spin. They welcome up to four submissions of previously unpublished poetry, and the deadline is in a couple of weeks. How does one say 'get your skates on' in a sciencey way?

Deadline: 31 Mar
Submit here


Hey ma, that's us! Twice a year we invite leading authors to select from submissions of themed short fiction and poetry for the Showcase section of our snazzy print magazine – it's free for you to submit, and we pay for everything we print. Our curator-judges have included Hilary Mantel, Carol Ann Duffy, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse and many more. For the autumn issue, the theme is 'keys'; we want your work on cogs and spindles, locking and unlocking – and what lies inside. 

Deadline: 6 Jun
Enter here



Fancy winning £10,000 plus an invite to the Fjällnäss Symposium in Sweden's oldest mountain hotel? Sure ya do. The theme for this year's Alpine Fellowship prize is 'freedom', and they're accepting prose, poetry and non-academic essays. It's free to enter, so why not take a punt?

Deadline: 1 Apr
Entry fee: free
Submit here


Aside from making us a lil hungry, Toasted Cheese is an ultra-established literary journal published online quarterly – plus they were launched by and for women writers, so obvs we love them. They'll comb through your flash fiction, poetry and short stories, as well as the odd piece of creative nonfiction. Please note that including a nice wedge of aged brie with your submission will not improve your chances of publication.

Submit here


Established in 1974, Smoke's kept its simple format of publishing sharp, insightful poetry alongside black and white graphics. If you fancy a notch on your writing CV from an extremely class act, wing over your poetry (whether you're established or emerging) for the chance to be picked for their upcoming mag.

Submit here


A bit of a niche one, but we're big fans of this competition for poetry by adults but for children aged 7-11. No more than 150 words, please, but any theme is welcome. This year's prize is judged by Naomi Shibab Nye, and the top prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.

Deadline: 31 Mar
Entry fee: €14 per poem
Enter here


Another comp, another noble theme. This one's on the idea of 'fate knocking at the door', taken from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. They say: 'We want your tongue-in-cheek clichés, your desperate reinterpretations, your hopes, dreams and nightmares.' The prize is a very handy £4,000 for a story up to 900 words in length. Brb, off to listen to some Ludwig.

Deadline: 2 April
Entry fee: £9

Submit here

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