Have you got snow? I went to the hairdresser’s today and all they could talk about was the snow that was definitely on its way. It was going to snow BIG TIME! At RUSH HOUR! A whole 5 to 10 centimetres of the stuff (if you live in Canada, please don’t laugh. That’s a lot for us).
All the hairdressers were rushing out to move their cars to a different car park (off the hill) because ‘last time it snowed this much, buses were skidding down the High Street, cars were bouncing up onto the pavements, polar bears were roaming the town…’ OK, maybe not that bit, but you get the picture. They really scared me! I just wanted to buy soup and run home before the blizzard hit. And guess what – ? We haven’t had a flake of flippin’ snow! Pah!
Woman’s Own magazine has caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Facebook today with this little ‘call for submissions’:
Calling all budding authors! Would you like your short story to appear in Woman’s Own? If you love writing fiction, we want to hear from you – and the best entries will appear in print in the Woman’s Own Summer Special! Your story can be funny, heart-warming, tear jerking or a mystery with a twist in the tale. Stories should be between 1,000-1,300 words, must be original and have not been published elsewhere. There is no fee for publication. Please email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 April 2012.
Sounds OK, doesn’t it? A magazine that stopped printing fiction some time ago, now asking for fiction submissions! Ah, but there’s that little sentence tucked away just before the end of the paragraph: ‘There is no fee for publication’. What they actually mean is: give us your stories for FREE! (Add Woman’s Own to the Naughty List immediately!)
Needless to say, there’s been a bit of an outcry. Go to the Woman’s Own facebook page if you want to see the heated comments or add your own.
But you might be thinking ‘I’d like to have a go – and sod the fact that I won’t be paid!’ and that’s your right, of course. You won’t have much competition from the ‘Womag’ writers, that’s for sure!
On a different note, the Writers Bureau have just launched the latest in their monthly writing competitions (free to enter – hurrah!) and this time they’re looking for ‘flash fiction’ – a 50 word love story, inspired, no doubt, by Valentine’s Day next week. If yours is chosen as the winner, you’ll get a fiction course, so it’s probably worth a go.
For more information see here. The closing date is 29th February.
And one more thing. If you wanted to enter the Good Housekeeping novel writing competition but missed the issue with the entry form in, the kind people at GH have printed one on their website, which you can download on this page here.