There are a few bits of news from the world of womag which I'd like to draw your attention to - thanks to all who've passed me these snippets!
Firstly - note new required word-count at Yours. Stories need to be 1000-1200 words (previously they took up to 1500). See Olivia Ryan's blog for more details. Note too they are up-to-date with submissions up to December, so if you are waiting to hear about one sent before then, do query it.
Secondly - My Weekly's 6-month cut-off period is not always set in stone. People have had stories accepted after 7 or 8 months. So if you've got something out there you are about to give up on, it could be worth giving it a little bit longer...
Thirdly - the bad news is, as long suspected, The Lady are no longer taking unsolicited fiction. I think for some time now they have only published stories from their competitions. Must admit it's been a long time since I tried them anyway.
Finally and most importantly - does anyone know what's happening about payment from Take A Break? They always used to pay reasonably promptly within about 4 weeks of publication. I've heard recently of writers (not me, I haven't sold to them for months, sob sob) who've not yet been paid for stories in the March issue, which has been out for more than a month now. I do feel strongly that the relationship between writer and magazine should be a professional one, and both sides should treat the other with respect. Keeping writers waiting for payment they are due is not fair and we should not have to put up with it. All comments welcome on this topic, and as usual, feel free to remain anonymous if you prefer.