Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The Lady - no more fiction

See Patsy's blog here for the sad news that yet another fiction market has bitten the dust. :-(

Good job the big markets - My Weekly, Woman's Weekly, Take A Break, People's Friend - are still going strong and taking plenty of stories.

15 comments:

Queenie said...

At least they were only a small market, at one story a week. But... sigh... couldn't someone start up a NEW story mag for once?

Geraldine Ryan said...

I did notice there was no story in the mag yesterday when I picked up a copy at Sainsbury's. They once bought a story of mine I couldn't place anywhere else and the first thing I ever sold was a "Viewpoint" article, for which they paid me the grand sum of £30. Do they give reasons?

Patsy said...

I wasn't given any reasons, but imagine it's due to the new editor wanting to modernise.

For me, one of the best things about The Lady was that it wasn't too modern and filled with celebrity gosip and grim 'real life' stories. We can get that anywhere.

Quillers said...

I never had anything accepted by The Lady, but it is sad to see another market bite the dust. Sigh...

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I just received this email from Victoria Murden at The Lady:

There is currently an embargo on short stories and the magazine will not be
publishing fiction until further notice. Therefore I would advise you to get in touch next year to see if our position has changed.

Kind regards,
Victoria Murden

Maybe they'll change their minds...
SonMac

Geraldine Ryan said...

They need letters from readers if that's the case.

penandpaints said...

That's a shame. Are we to assume that any stories still with them are to be rejected? (They have had one of mine since January)..Sigh.
Thanks for all the info, Womag and best wishes to your mum.

Teresa W said...

Hmm, seems the new editor is having a clean sweep. Its a shame that yet another magazine has put an end to it's fiction, which had further narrowed the market.

Viewpoint is now only 250 words, and pays £25. I asked for the guidelines for this and was simply asked for 250 words. Nothing else, it was a very short reply.

There is a story magazine out, monthly, which has only been going since early this year, called First Edition, lots of scope there if anyone wants to have a look. They have a website too.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Is that under the same umbrella as The Lady, Teresa? Will have a look at their website if I can find it. Thanks for the heads up.

Actually, the Viewpoint article I wrote earned me £15 not £30!!! I was really thrilled though!

Colette said...

They never bought anything of mine so I don't suppose I'll miss the market but its still sad to see it go.

Teresa W said...

Geraldine, it's purely for fiction, nothing else. Short stories, poetry, serials, and all genres. It's not the same style as the women's mags, but it is another opening for sure.

http://www.firsteditionpublishing.co.uk/

Paula Williams said...

re First Editions, I'm a bit concerned about their payment structure. It reads to me as if only a few stories in the magazine (ie, the ones they consider "the very best" in their categories) are paid.
Did you see that The Lady is now edited by Rachel Johnson? And that one half of her first editorial was a plug for her Dad's article on the NHS, Stanley Johnson, father of Boris.

HelenMHunt said...

I was also concerned about First Edition as a market because of the lack of payment. The Lady have had a couple of my stories for about a year and a half - I suppose I can just assume it's OK to send them elsewhere now. Sigh ...

Teresa W said...

Womag I hope you see this. I have just received the following email from Victoria Murden at The Lady.

Dear Teresa,

Thank you very much for your Viewpoint. Unfortunately we have taken the decision to stop the Viewpoint column from 13 October, and I will therefore be unable to use your contribution. The Viewpoint will be replaced with our new column, The Lady and I, which will feature contributions from our readers about how The Lady has changed their lives in some way. Please do feel free to send in your story if you have one.


Kind regards,

Victoria Murden
Editorial and Web Co-ordinator

So it seems the whole magazine is being changed.

womagwriter said...

Thanks Teresa - I've posted that news up now.