Those of you on Woman's Weekly's mailing list will have had an email containing the following information, but here it is for the rest of you. Thanks to those blog readers who forwarded it as well.
As I mentioned in the last post, serials can now be 3 or 4 parts. WW would like new serial writers. Serials should reflect real life and be compelling, with a MC whose problem is not resolved until the very end. They're not looking for romance or chick lit, or anything too action-packed. I believe pay is quite good for serials so why not give it a go?
WW particularly need 2-page stories at the moment, length 1700-2000 words. No less than 1700. No longer than 2000. Please avoid sending odd length stories of 1300-1700 as they don't fit either one page or two page slots. Also required are longer, 5000-8000 word stories for the fiction specials.
If sending a story by email, do ensure you include the story info (title and word count) and your name and contact details on the story document itself, and not just in the covering email. We've discussed this before - put your contact details EVERYWHERE!
Before sending your story, do check it for unintentional tense changes or characters whose names vary. Try my read-it-aloud tip to spot these mistakes?
WW like double quote marks for speech, and single for thoughts. It'll make their life easier if submissions are already formatted in this way!
Edited 13/7/10 to amend 2-pager word counts following some clarification from BigFatLion.