The good news for writers of womag (women’s magazine) fiction, is that Woman’s Weekly are increasing the number of their Fiction Specials, from 10 to 12 per year! Maths was never my strong point but I make that one a month! And that’s an additional 40 stories – at least – that they’re going to need.
Their sales must be OK – or on the up (I’ve just tried to find the circulation figures on the internet but didn’t have any joy. Anyone else know how to find them?) – and I do wonder how many people who buy the fiction specials are actually writers or wannabee writers of their stories? But whoever it is, I hope they keep on buying! (And if you want to write for this magazine, you really need to be buying every issue and studying the stories, to see the kind of thing they’re publishing).
As one of their ‘regular’ contributors (not as regular as some, although I do have a story in the latest issue), I got a special email the other day, telling me the good news but also with a few guidelines for lengths and styles that they are looking for – so I’m sharing it with you here – and then, what are you waiting for? Get writing!
“From January 2012 Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special will come out 12 times a year instead of its current 10.
This is thrilling news and we thought we’d take the opportunity to thank you once again for your work, and to encourage you to keep submitting your stories to us.
We need 1-pagers (900-1,000 words), 2-pagers (1,800-2,000 words) and “longshorts” (2,500 – 8,000 words).
We’re going to need even more variety in our stories, so, to repeat what we said in our letter at the beginning of the year, it’s really important to have the confidence to write in your own voice and to take a chance on being fresh and original. This doesn’t mean crazy sci-fi plots or non-WW themes. It means being subtle, with lashings of ‘Show Don’t Tell’.
For your guidance, we are still receiving more stories than we require on the following themes: “retired/redundant hubby getting under my feet”; adopted children being reunited with their mothers; brides with cold feet; death and depressing old age!
We also feel that not all our contributors read the magazines regularly (not you, of course!) and would recommend that you keep up to date with what we’re doing.
So forget Christmas shopping and fire up your computer. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.”