A letter recently sent to regular contributors to Woman's Weekly is pleading with writers for more original, less safe or predictable stories.
They want fresh stories written in your own unique voice. Don't be afraid to be experimental, but keep it subtle. Show, don't tell. Use humour. Old themes are fine, as long as you can find a new way to use them.
- soppy or dated stories
- weak or flippant endings that read like the punchline to a joke
Avoid also the following overused themes:
- retired or redundant husbands getting under their wives feet
- adopted children finding their birth mothers
- brides with cold feet
WW lament that they are having to reject too many stories at present. (Not half as much as we writers lament it!) So come on everyone, write something new, something different, and send it off to Woman's Weekly!
(WW take stories of 1000-8000 words. 1000 and 2000 are the best lengths for the weekly magazine. Postal submissions only, unless WW have specifically asked you to email submissions. Address is Fiction Department, Woman’s Weekly, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU. Include contact details on every page of your story as well as on the cover sheet or covering letter.)