Saturday, 3 July 2010

Woman's Weekly - latest news

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.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Womagwriter for your timely information. I'm African and English is my second language but with the help of your blog I've managed to sell one of my short stories to a UK Magazine (featured on your blog). Please specify if Woman's Weekly now accepts all submissions by email. Previously it seems they did not accept submissions by email. Keep up the good work.Harare,Zimbabwe

Caroline said...

Thanks Womag for the update. Caroline x

BigFatLion said...

I tend to send 2,000 worders to WW.

Am I now 100 words over the limit??

Old Kitty said...

Thank you for this fab info womagwriter!!

Take care

Dolores Doolittle said...

Thanks hugely, Womag - that's very exciting!

womagwriter said...

Congratulations on your sale, Harare! Glad this blog has helped you.
I think WW take emailed submissions only from writers they've previously sold to, meanwhile you have to stick with postal submissions.

Lion - yep, sounds like you may need to trim your 2-pagers a little now.

Geraldine Ryan said...

I can verify that WW only take email subs from writers they have accepted stories from previously. I had one of these emails from Maureen Street and it was labelled "Contributers' Letter", I think.