Monday, 8 March 2010

My Weekly requirements - March/April

For publication in June/July, My Weekly are looking for the following categories:

  • 1400-1600 word twist ending stories, preferably either light-hearted or very moving
  • 700 word coffee break stories, again either light-hearted or very moving
  • 1200 OR 2000 word romances, preferably light-hearted
  • 1200 word family stories with children
  • Long reads (which I think are 2500-3000 words)

Only send one story per month. Put contact details on every page of your submission (that includes you, Brenda!) Include a 30-word piece about your inspiration for this story.

Email stories as a Word attachment to myweekly@dcthomson.co.uk or lsmith@dcthomson.co.uk
If you've previously had a story accepted mark your submission for the attention of Liz Smith.

Keeping up with My Weekly guidelines is like chasing a moving target. But these aren't too different from the last lot, and they are a nice magazine to work with. Good luck all!

Edited 9/3/10 to add - I believe My Weekly are still not taking submissions from authors they have not previously bought a story from. Which is disappointing.

29 comments:

Joanne Fox said...

Thank you for updating us.

Joanna said...

This is really useful. Many thanks.

Debs said...

Thanks for posting these.

Olivia Ryan said...

Fantastic - thanks so much, Womag. Will update my files. x

Colette McCormick said...

Just realised where I'm going wrong. I always forget the 30 word inspiration bit. I can console myself with that anyway. I've yet to crack the fiction part of My Weekly but those I have dealt with are lovely.

Elizabeth McKay said...

Hi Womag, I was at the Scottish Association of Writers Conference at the weekend and heard that My Weekly might be bringing back their 'Lighter Look at Life' slot, or something along the same lines at least. Hope they do!

Anonymous said...

Hello. First of all, i just wanted to say thanks for absolutely everything on this blog - it really is invaluable, and i'm sure i can speak for many short story writers when i say we'd be lost without all the useful information! Secondly, does this mean my weekly are accepting submissions from new writers now? Thanks, Helen.

penandpaints said...

Hi
I was also unsure about whether they are still not accepting subs from new writers? I had an email from the editor saying she wasn't able to consider them, but that was a month or so ago, before these new guidelines.

womagwriter said...

Helen, and Penandpaints - I don't really know the answer to that. The guidelines don't say they are not accepting stories from new writers, and they do say to mark your submission FAO Liz Smith if you've previously sold to them, both of which points imply they might be accepting stories from new writers.

What you could try, is email the main myweekly email address asking for a copy of the current guidelines. If they send them to you, great, then I would feel free to submit. If they reply that they're not taking submissions etc, then it's bad news.

Lydia said...

How on earth do you get hold of these? Thanks so much, for keeping us all updated - without you we'd all be floundering in the dark! x
www.lydiajones.co.uk/blog

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks very much for the update. I shall post a link to it from my blog, if that's okay.

For your information - I had a story accepted by Billy Higgins at The Weekly News today but I had to change it to third person as he doesn't like first person! Not sure if you knew that.

Old Kitty said...

Hi

Oh great stuff - thanks for these!

And congrats Rosemary Gemmel!

And good luck to one and all if you are gonna have a try!

And the bit about Brenda made me smile all over again - that was pretty amazing stuff.

Take care
x

Sally Quilford said...

Rosemary, would you believe the first story I ever sold to Billy was in the first person? Not that he's taken any first person stories from me since.

But no, he doesn't really like it, though I don't know why.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That's funny, Sally. He did say the story sounded more like a diary entry, although it worked. But he still preferred third person. I like first person and it's a male character viewpoint so to my ears it wasn't remotely diary-like. But I was happy to change it!

Thanks Old Kitty.

Gina said...

I have just phoned My Weekly and they are still not accepting submissions from writers who haven't previously been published in their magazine.
You all say such nice things about Weekly News I may try there.

Sally Quilford said...

So was Billy happy to buy it when you changed it, Rosemary?

Yes, they are lovely at The Weekly News, Gina. I will offer these tips. Don't send romance, or as Rosemary has found out, first person, and - at least whilst Billy is in charge - a male protagonist goes a long way with him. As their readership is both male and female, they prefer stories that will appeal to both sexes.

womagwriter said...

Gina, that's a bummer but thank you for letting me know.

CuriousKat said...

"I have just phoned My Weekly and they are still not accepting submissions from writers who haven't previously been published in their magazine."
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I emailed and got the same info. where can I get a copy of The Weekly News?

womagwriter said...

CuriousKat - your local newsagent or WHSmith should stock it. It is sometimes displayed with newspapers rather than with magazines.

Anonymous said...

So if an 'unknown' author sends in a story to My Weekly, what happens to it? Is it deleted unread? I have continued to send them stories by e-mail and have neither had a request to stop, nor any positive response.
Surely they could at least let people know on an individual basis if their stories are not being considered.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Yes, Sally, he bought it! I rewrote it at once, even though I was recovering from the same Scottish conference that Elizabeth attended (too much talking).

I emailed the new version just before lunch yesterday and he accepted it by mid afternoon. Nice man.

Sally Quilford said...

Well done, Rosemary! It's proof I think that we should sometimes be willing to make changes to our work. Especially if we want a sale!

penandpaints said...

Shame about the 'no new writers. Not to worry. Although I did submit a story to The Weekly News two months ago, now having just read Sally's advice, I am worrying, as it was a romance. It's my own fault for not reading a copy of the mag first, but I can never find it in the shops either! Maybe I'm not looking in the right place, Womag, I will check the newspaper section!

Sally Quilford said...

The Weekly News is in the form of a newspaper, with a red top. In our Tescos it's generally near the fishing/motoring papers.

They have taken some romance from me (funnily enough I've just been talking elsewhere about them taking one of my first stories, which was a romance) but it's not allowed to be too hearts and flowers, and I think they do take even less now, especially with Billy at the helm.

LilyS said...

Thanks for the update.

Ref: The Weekly News - I sent a story there recently and Billy emailed me immediately to say he'd be in touch in around a month. I thought that was a nice touch to let me know.

Lydia said...

Quick question, I forgot last time: in latest guidelines does it still say to include a summary at the beginning of each story? The inspiration thing is new - they only used to ask for that if they wanted to buy it!:)

womagwriter said...

Hi Lydia - no the latest set of guidelines don't ask for a summary, just for the inspiration piece. Another example of moving goalposts!

Helen said...

I've never been published in My Weekly, despite trying! I requested the new guidelines and emailed a story yesterday. This morning I got the reply - Sorry, but due to the volume of stories coming into the office we are unable to take submissions from new writers. So the rumour looks to be true! Keep trying elsewhere.

Chris said...

Just a quick note to confirm that My Weekly are NOT taking submissions from new writers. That was the response I received 29th March; it said 'for the foreseeable future'.