Wednesday, 14 April 2010

That's Life Fast Fiction submission process

Thanks to Glynis and Writers' Forum for this snippet of news:

TLFF has a new editor - Anthony Lambert. From now on, he'll send confirmation of receipt of stories, and acceptances, but not rejections. If you hear nothing for six months assume it's a rejection.

Also it's ok to resend a previously rejected story to him if you think it's a good one. It might just not have been right for the issue they were filling at the time.

Send submissions to fastfiction@pacificmags.com.au

Further guidelines on this blog under the That's Life link on the right.

I had two stories in the last Fast Fiction, and my contributor copy arrived in the post a couple of days ago. It's a lovely looking mag, very colourful. A bit like the My Weekly fiction specials in appearance.

39 comments:

Queenie said...

Ooh, thanks Womag - I've been wondering what was going on there. Very helpful and much appreciated.

Susan Wright said...

I've read your two stories, Womag, and I really enjoyed them. I had a story in the last magazine too, and I was thrilled when my contributor's copy turned up in the post.
I'm a bit confused about this latest announcement though. Does this six months business apply only to recent submissions, I wonder.
I had two stories shortlisted last March, and I've sent about six or seven since then which haven't been acknowledged, but after submitting another story about a month ago, I received an out of office reply saying a decision will be made within three months. All very confusing.

womagwriter said...

Susan - my guess would be that the six month rule applies to all. I would take them up on the resend option, and resend your shortlisted stories.

Actually, come to think of it, I think I'll do that too, with one that was shortlisted last summer. It sounds like the shortlist system is no longer in use with the new editor.

Just read your story - lovely and spooky!

Bernadette said...

Thanks, womag.

A shame about the changes though. I wonder when 'from now on' is due to start as I sent a story last week and didn't get an acknowledgement.

It's a lovely mag (and your stories were great) but it's still a pain to have to resubmit all the things you thought were still being considered.

Old Kitty said...

Hi

I just read your post in 2007 (blimey you were blogging in 2007?!?!?) about common plots and twists to avoid - these are excellent and really helpful - even if I don't submit anything - these are great pointers to have anyway!

Take care
x

Susan Wright said...

Yes, I think I'll re-send my shortlisted ones, Womag. I think he's crazy saying people can re-submit though really. He's going to be absolutely inundated with new stories and ones that have come up to the six months.

BTW, Womag, did you know that your blog is described as 'excellent' on page 22 of the latest Writers' Forum? How amazing is that? I think it's excellent too, and so is Writers Forum these days. I stop reading everything else when it turns up in the post and read it as quickly as I can.It's so relevant for womag writers now.

Patsy said...

Thanks for the update - I'd been wondering what was going on with this mag.

Quillers said...

Thanks for the update, Womag. I might resend some shortlisted stories too.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks Womag. I'd just been reading about it in Writer's Forum. I'll put a link to your post from my blog, if I may.

SarahE said...

From what I understand from Glynis - the new editor is okay with us sending previously short-listed stories that we think are really good and may have missed the mark due to there not being an opening at the time, but no more than one a week. Or he will be inundated. That's what I'm doing. Hope that helps. Sarah

BigFatLion said...

I can't find my WW contract. Does anybody know how long you have to wait before you can submit a published story overseas?

Thanks.

womagwriter said...

Susan - yes I spotted that in WF! Had to read it out to my hubby!

Rosemary - feel free to link here as much as you like.

Lion - I don't know, hope someone else can help you. I don't have a WW contract, sob sob.

Bernadette said...

Lion, WW buy first rights for Britain and for Aus/NZ (as WW is published there too), so you can sub to any other countries whenever you like - there's no need to wait.

Most Aus/NZ mags won't take stories published by WW. However, I have seen some contradictory things on this, so you could always try (OK with WW once it's been published) if you check that they're prepared to buy Second Australian Rights.

Lydia said...

Can anybody tell me how the ---- you get hold of a copy of That's Life Fast Fiction? I've subbed a couple to them, which were rejected, but I hate subbing to mags when I've never seen a copy: it flies in the face of all common sense and all professionalism. As far as I'm aware there's no actual human being who will respond to email: if you ask, you just get an automated response with the guidelines.Anybody help? x

Bernadette said...

Lydia

You can subscribe for a year (4 issues)for A$39(about £20) at

http://www.subscribetoday.com.au/store/displayitem.asp?sid=1260&custid=03@02@201036360@567998774&id=5749&os=Y

(I don't knwo how that link will work, but you should be able to find it from that!)

womagwriter said...

Lydia - alternatively have a look through the Magazine Swap posts on this blog and see if anyone's offering TLFFs in return for UK mags.

LilyS said...

Thanks Womag, I am editing a story to send there.

Lydia said...

Thanks Bernadette and Womag for the advice! x

penandpaints said...

Thanks for the update, Womag.
They've had one of mine for five months now, but I haven't heard anything, another month to wait then I guess it's a no.
Well done on your two stories by the way!

Anonymous said...

I HAVE A COPY OF ww'S CONTRACT. iT STATES: aS A CORE CONTRIBUTOR TO ipc mEDIA lTD IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT ANY FUTURE wORKS(S) YOU ARE COMMISSIONED TO DO BY ww, ww WEEKLY FICTION SPECIAQL WILL BE ON AFIRST USE WITH EXTENSIONS BASIS UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED TO IN WRITING. fIRST USE WITH EXTENSIONS MEANS THE CONTRIBUTOR GRANS ipc mEDIA lTDE THE RIGHT O REPRODUCE THE MATERIAL IN WHATEVER FORMAT OR MEDIUM WHETHER PRINTED, ELECTRONIC OR OTHERWISE. iN ADDITION, UNLIMITED FREE USE OF THE MATERIAL IN ANY ISSUE OF THE ABOVE MAGAZINES, ITS SUPPLEMENTS, ITS INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS AND PROMOTONAL MATERIAL PROVIDED SUCH USE IS ONLY MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE ABOVE MAGAZINES. tHE CONTRIBUTOR SHALL NOT WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSIOIN IF ipc mEDIA lIMITED SUPPLY THE MATERIAL TO ANY OTHER PERSON FOR EARLIER PUBLICATION OR TRANSMISSION IN ANY MEDIUM BUT THE CONTRIBUTOR RESERVES TO HIMSELF OR HERSELF THE COPYRIGHT IN THE MATERIAL. fOR LST USED WITH EXTENSIONS RIGHTS IT IS ALSO A CONDITION THAT THE MATERIAL SHALL NOT APPEAR IN ANY OTHER PUBLICATION IN ANY MEDIUM WORLDWIDE WITHIN 18 MONTHS OF PUBLICATION IN THE ABOVE MAGAZINES. aS i UNDERSTAND THEN, YOU CAN'T SELL IT TO THAT'S LIFE WITHIN EIGHTEEN MONTHS. tOUCH BUT THE ALTERNATIVE ISNOT SELLING TO ww ANY MORE, I SUPPOSE. Nor do I like the free use bit. They should pay for second british serial rights.

BigFatLion said...

Thanks Anon.

(I wish they'd write in English.)

I better hunt out all my old mags and see which stories can take a holiday in Oz.

Bernadette said...

It must depend when you signed the WW contract, as mine, signed in 2006, doesn't have any of the wording about extensions or 18 month limits.

I also queried direct (last year) re publcation in countries other than Australia/NZ and was told there was no problem and, again, no time limits were mentioned.

BigFatLion said...

I wonder if they ever check what's gone where. I very much doubt it, but I suppose it's best to stick to the rules.

Anonymous said...

Mine's dated June 2006, Bernadette. Honest, I didn't make all that up!

Anonymous said...

Mine's dated June 2006, Bernadette. hONEST, I didn't make all that up!

Bernadette said...

I believe you, anon!

Mine was March 2006.

Tickle said...

I'm so frustrated with That's Life. I've got 9 stories with them, some subbed since Oct, but I haven't had so much as an acknowledgment. I have sent (gentle) chasing emails and even re-subbed the lot to Anthony last week but still no reply. I have sold nearly 40 stories here and abroad and don't mind rejections but the silence is deafening!
I have tiscali/talktalk as my internet provider so can't access Outlook Express. Should that make a difference to them receiving my emails? I don't have any probs with South Africa where I have sold. (Only time I got an automatic acknowledgement was when I sent them an email through this site's link).
Any help with this would be great!

Patsy said...

Tickle, I've not heard anything since last year either.

Kat said...

Anthony has just accepted a story from me, which will appear in the Spring edition of the mag.

How long does it take to get your contributor copy?

womagwriter said...

A week or two after it comes out, Kat, they're reasonably efficient at sending them. Congratulations on your acceptance!

Kat said...

Thanks Womag, that's two sales to different mags in as many weeks, so the drinks are on me!

womagwriter said...

Fantastic! Mine's a Pinot Grigio, large one, if you would. :-D

womagwriter said...

Fantastic! Mine's a Pinot Grigio, large one, if you would. :-D

Fay said...

I emailed "That's Life" for the latest submission guidelines. I also asked them if it would be possible to purchase a sample copy of the magazine and was it acceptable for stories to be set in my region (Bahamas and Florida). They sent the submission guidelines to me right away, but they didn't answer my questions. Does anyone know if they'll accept stories that have settings other than Australia?

womagwriter said...

Hi Fay

I've sold stories set in the UK and in Nepal to TLFF so I would say yes, definitely try them with your Florida/Bahamas stories!

Where the location is not integral to the story you might want to think about editing it so it could be set anywhere.

You are very lucky living in such a lovely part of the world! Do try sending your stories to UK mags too, as some of them particularly like stories set in 'exotic' locations. And for us Brits, anything outside the UK counts as exotic!

Fay said...

Thanks womag. This is a wonderful blog. I visit it all the time.
I've submitted a few stories to "People's Friend", "Woman's Weekly" and "Yours". No success yet, but will keep trying.
I study the markets as much as I can, with most foreign magazines that take fiction not being available here in Nassau. A friend kindly brings British magazines back for me when she can.
I used to be able to buy "Woman's World" (U.S.) here in Nassau, so I could study the stories on their "Romantic Fiction" page, but the local outlets are having problems with their main supplier.

Fay said...

TLFF's current guidelines stated no email submissions unless they request it, so I emailed them at fastfiction@pacificmags.com.au to ask if it would be okay for me to email my submissions to them. I told them I live in the Bahamas and don't have access to Australian postage stamps.

I only received this automated response:-

Dear Writer,

Thank you for submitting your story for consideration by that's life! Fast Fiction.

If it's selected we will be in touch with an offer.

If you've heard nothing within six months your story is unlikely to be used in the issues we're currently working on. However, you may resubmit your work.

A story that's unsuitable, in length or theme, for one issue, may be perfect for another.

Kind Regards,
The that's life! Fast Fiction team

Now I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and email them my submission.

womagwriter said...

Hi Fay

I know writers in the UK who have emailed submissions to TLFF and been successful so I would go for it.

Fay said...

Thanks, Womag! Will do :-) I really appreciate all your help.