Friday, 8 May 2009

Woman's World (US) Guidelines

Woman's World is a US magazine published by Bauer, and it has a fiction slot. I haven't seen a copy of the magazine yet, but will ask my lovely American sister-in-law to send one or two over.

Here are their guidelines for fiction. I have heard it's really difficult for writers this side of the Atlantic to get work accepted in America but could be worth a try, given the markets over here are dwindling.


Romance guidelines:

We buy contemporary romances of 800 words. Stories must revolve around a compelling, true-to-life relationship dilemma; may feature either a female or male protagonist; and may be written in either the first or third person. Characters may be married, single, divorced or widowed; should be down-to-earth (no yuppies or jet-setters); and their dilemma should be poignantly or humorously conveyed. Please think carefully about a story's setting, mood and plot, and tell the story with interesting action and dialogue. (Every sentence, paragraph, and scene of the story should deliver more information about your characters and their situation and/or briskly advance the storyline).

We are not interested in stories involving life-or-death matters, nor are we interested in fluffy, flyaway-style romance. When we say romance, what we really mean is relationship--whether it's just beginning or is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The emphasis in our stories is on real life-which is why we do not buy science fiction, fantasy or historical romance.

We pay $800 per romance and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.

Mini mystery guidelines:

We purchase short "solve-it-yourself" mysteries of 700 words--a count that includes the narrative and the solution. Stories should be cleverly plotted, entertaining cliffhangers that end with a challenge to the reader to figure out whodunnit or howdunnit. The solution to the mystery is provided in a separate box.

Robbery, burglary, fraud and murder are acceptable subjects, but spare the readers any gory details or excessive violence, please! We are also not interested in ghost stories, science fiction or fantasy.

We pay $500 per mystery and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced in legible size type.

Where to send manuscripts: Fiction Editor, Woman's World, 270 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Indicate Mini Mystery or Romance on the envelope.

How to send manuscripts:
(1) You must include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to receive a reply. Manuscripts not accompanied by a SASE will be discarded. Note: A #10 SASE is necessary not just for a response, but for your contract if we purchase your story.
(2) Please DO NOT fax or e-mail manuscripts--because such submissions do not include SASEs, we have no means of responding to your submission.

Get to know us: Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with our romances and mini mysteries before submitting your work.

Be patient: Because we receive a tremendous volume of manuscripts, our turnaround time may range from one to six months. If you still have not heard from us after that time, feel free to re-submit your manuscript. Please do not call or write us to inquire about a manuscript's status.

Woman's World is also a rather brilliant graphic novel by Graham Rawle which is entirely composed of actual snippets from women's magazines from the 1960s. It's a work of art as well as a good read, and thoroughly recommended!


penandpaints said...

'Solve it yourself mystery', that's a new one - sounds like a challenge!
Very interesting to hear of any possible new market though, thank you, Womag!

Kath said...

Thanks for that, Womag. Do you really think markets are dwindling so much though? I know we lost Best but Woman's Weekly thought better of dropping their fiction and My Weekly seem to be up and running again. To be honest, when I first discovered your blog, I was surprised just how many outlets there were. I spent my first year only submitting to WW and MW.

Bernadette said...

I'd love to read one of their mini-mysteries to see how the 'extra box' thing works!

I know I'm a bit thick, but anyone know how you handle the SAE requirement for overseas subs? I've heard of IRCs but don't know where you get them, how you use them or if there is an easier way.

Teresa Ashby said...

Thank you - that's interesting. I wrote one or two of those whodunnit type stories for an Australian magazine - many years ago now and it was quite a challenge. I would think doing one in 700 words must be incredibly difficult.

IRCs are available at larger Post Offices for £1.10 Bernadette. I usually send one IRC and a small sae and ask them not to return the manuscript - saves postage!

Tom said...

Hi All,

Thanks for this Womag.

Can anyone define something for me? What is 'cosy crime' and what are you allowed to write about? Can you do murder?

I would love to write one but don't know if the idea I've got is suitable.

Bernadette said...

To my mind 'cosy crime' may well have a murder in it, but it won't be too gruesome and the blood and guts descriptions will be left out, so you can have the whodunnit elements without anything gory or too upsetting. I think of Miss Marple or Midsomer Murders!

Bernadette said...

Forgot to say thanks Teresa for the IRC info!

Kath said...

Cosy crime is murder, isn't it, but with humorous overtones, like Midsomer Murders? No graphic violence, not too much psychology.

Lynette said...

I think 'Murder She Wrote' might well fall into the same category, too.

Tom said...

Thank you everyone - that's very helpful! I knew someone would have the answer.

Quillers said...

Cosy crime can also mean stealing or some sort of minor misbehaviour, as long as no one gets hurt.

When Billy Higgins of TWN explained it to me, he said what they're looking for is 'Morse in 2000 words'.

Thanks for the info womag!

Leigh said...

Thank you, Womag. It's oddly inspiring to know there's a new market! Oh, I might have to go and rifle through my story bank now.

Anonymous said...

What does #10 mean? Sorry for my ignorance or if someone has explained and I didn't catch on.

Anonymous said...

A #10 envelope is a legal sized envelope. The dimensions are 9.5" x 4.125.


Anonymous said...

You can find information on cozy mysteries here.


Tickle said...

Hi please can I ask if anyone knows of any US mags who would take stories like those in WW or even PF/MW?
I did an internet search and nothing came up other than celeb Ok/Hello type mags.

Anonymous said...

Hi, do you know of any other USA mags and what their guidelines are for fiction or puzzles, it is very difficult to get info like that here in Austrlia. Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I would love to get a few copies to read before I submit anything. I can only find subscriptions online, the cheapest of which costs upwards of $50!. Can anyone suggest where I could get my hands on two or three issues? Even back issues would do.