Thursday, 31 March 2011

Yours - updated guidelines

Please download updated guidelines for Yours magazine from here. Note their required word length is now 1000-1200. With thanks to Meg for pointing me in this direction!

24 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Ooh thanks for the link!! Very handy!! Take care
x

Diane Fordham said...

Hello again, THANK YOU for the link to "Yours".. happy to know they accept via email. Very handy for me over here in Australia!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. So where the guidelines say that stories can't have been published elsewhere and they want All Rights, does that mean those stories can't be sold to overseas countries later? Does anyone know?

AAAP

Tickle said...

This does sound like they want exclusive rights. Personally I'd never sell exclusive rights. Some of my stories have sold in several different countries, multiplying my initial fee many times.
It doesn't say in the guidelines but I know last year all they were offering was a £50 payment for a story. This is way below other magazines who don't insist on all rights.
I'm beginning to think they're a subsidary of Lighter Life - as they must want to starve us poor writers even more than ever! LOL!

Kat said...

Oh do they actually pay now as I know once upon a time they didn't even pay - just sent you some vouchers or a subscription to the mag or something!

I would't give exclusive rights either as I've been paid for the same story twice, having sold it first in the UK then overseas, and wouldn't want to lose that option.

Anonymous said...

Hi - thanks for the link although at £50 per story for all rights I don't think I'll be submitting to Yours. I think such terms are an insult. I know creative people are often driven by a passion for what they do but that doesn't mean we should be taken for fools. I believe it is time for all mags to be up front about what they are offering in terms of payment. If they were many writers wouldn't waste their time on working to meet the guidelines of such poor payers.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Anonymous. Sometimes I want to sub to a new market and it would really help to know the possible payment beforehand. I'm trying to make a career of this and although I sold nearly 50 stories last year, my total income was less than £3,500 It's a lot of work for a low-ish return especially as all these stories sold to the major mags.
I know we are supposed to suffer for our art and I love what I do but a living wage would be grweat too!

Bernadette said...

Why on earth do they want all rights? I can't load the webpage today but are they asking for copyright etc? What for? It feels like these mags are just being lazy rather than asking for what they really need and if they do indeed want ALL rights then they won't be getting any of my stories going forward.

Sorry, but it makes me really cross!

Geraldine Ryan said...

I once sold a story to them and they offered me fifty quid so I said no they couldn't have it as they weren't prepared to negotiate. Call it cutting off my nose to spite my face but I do have some pride!

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Fellow Writers, I have been following this post with a lot of interest. I am an Australian writer who has had my stories published in magazines over here, and have recently submitted stories overseas. I did send a story over to Yours a few days ago, before these posts. When I hear back from them I will let you know! I'm curious to know about the other magazines I have submitted to in the UK. Does anybody know what say Fiction Feast pays and what rights they ask for? Hope to hear from you... thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane,

I'm an Oz writer too. Nice to meet you. The payment for TAB depends on whether you sell to the weekly, Fiction Feast or specials. But they are one of the highest paying UK mags. And they buy First British Serial Rights.

Good luck.

Diane Fordham said...

Hello 'Anonymous', thanks heaps for that. That's great news. Mmmm I'm guessing you have been published in the That's Life magazines? Now, I am wondering who you might be.... Happy Writing!

Anonymous said...

We're actually in the latest That's Life Fast Fiction together, lol.

BTW, there's more info here on womags blog with more details about payments.

Diane Fordham said...

OMG ur kidding 'Anonymous'. In the same That's Life Fast Fiction issue! I am lucky enough to have two (a record for me) coming out in That's Life Fast Fiction Winter Issue. You going to be in there too? And are you going to leave me guessing then who u might be, lol? A lot of useful information here on womagwriters, and a lot of nice people to meet too. I'm always checking in on here. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane, Is there an email address on your blog somewhere? I could contact you direct?

Anon.

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Anonymous, You must be a mind reader, I actually went to my blog and tried to work that one out. I couldn't work it out, but here it is tobeachbum@hotmail.com

Karen said...

I thought Yours paid £100 a story these days, but I could be wrong! Last time I sold one it was £80.

Tickle said...

Hi Just picking up on one of these payment threads. 'Anonymous' said that they'd sold 50 stories to the 'major UK mags' and only made £3.5K for the year. That seems very low. One of my writing friends sold about 90 in 2006 with an income of £26K. I know the mags pay their frequent contributors more but that's about 7 times as much for roughly twice the stories sold.
I was checking back and see WW still pay me the same as they did for my very first story I sold to them back in 2005. I'll have to query that with them the nex time I sell to them.
By the way, I'm also in the winter That's Life too!

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Tickle, congrats on getting published in That's Life Fast Fiction Winter Issue. See you in there. Can you say who you are? It's ok if you don't want to, just wanted to check the story out! :)

Tickle said...

Hi Diane Thanks so much for your godd wishes. I'm so excited as its my first Aussie sale.
I'm happy to let you know who I am but can I email you? Is your email address the beachbum one?

Diane Fordham said...

Hi again Tickle, yes that's my email tobeachbum@hotmail.com :-)

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ZeldaT-F said...

Thanks so much for the info! I've written my very first magazine story and wanted to send it to Yours, particularly as my Mum gets it on subscription.

I know everyone says the payment is low, but i'd be happy just to get my foot in the door, so to speak *lol*.

Well, i've done it, sent it in, synopsis and all...so keep your fingers crossed for me :0)

Jane Godman said...

I would advise everyone to be very careful about submitting to 'Yours' magazine. My story and full contact details ended up being sent to someone I didn't know from the Yours office. Luckily, the person who received them contacted me to let me know.
I emailed Yours magazine to ask what had happened and got a very dismissive response. Just take care as I got the impression that confidentiality was not high on their agenda.