1. With thanks to Norman for this - it seems Liz Smith at My Weekly might be finally getting on top of submissions, after what's been a tough year for her, being left as the only fiction editor there. She accepted one of his stories only three days after he subbed it, which has to be some kind of record! She is still considering stories sent months ago as well, so don't worry if you haven't heard. Just be patient (which I suspect may be the most important trait for any womag writer).
2. While on the subject of My Weekly, I note I failed to pass on the last set of guidelines. I believe they are only valid till next week anyway, so there's not much point posting them here now. Please, if you receive the next set soon, send me a copy for the blog! I'm not actively chasing guideline updates myself any more. (I don't mind getting hundreds of emails forwarding the guidelines - it'll make me feel loved if nothing else.) Note My Weekly are sadly still not able to accept submisions from writers they have not previously bought from.
3. With thanks to Patsy - it seems Ireland's Own is a bit swamped with material at the moment, so only the most outstanding stories will stand a chance of being accepted, and even then it'll be a long wait to publication. Probably best giving that market a miss for a while.
4. Finally, do go look at Patsy's blog, where she often posts details of competitions of interest to romance or womag writers. She's also a brilliant photographer, and you might find story inspiration in the photos on her blog.