Friday, 15 April 2011

We need more markets!

I think we all need a bit of a pick-me-up after the sad news of the last post.

I am off on holiday tomorrow (to the Lake District). While I'm away, can I give you all some homework?

How about everyone posts a comment on this thread about a market they know about which isn't already covered here. Ideally a paying, print fiction market (in any country), but I'd also welcome news of other markets, eg for fillers, online markets, anything, really!

If you don't know of any, how about going to your local newsagent and picking up a magazine you don't normally buy, then post here about any opportunities for writers within it. Even if all you find is a readers' letters page!

I often get comments about how useful this blog is, and how generous it is to share so much useful information. Well, now it's your turn!

39 comments:

Diane Fordham said...

Good idea. Take 5 (here in Australia) accept short stories 600Words - submit to take5@acpmagazines.com.au I would love to hear of more UK markets.
Have a happy and safe holiday Womagwriter! x

Old Kitty said...

Have a wonderful holiday!! If I come across anything I'll of course post it here!!! Take care
x

Emma said...

I'm a non-fiction writer, so I don't know of any story markets, but I do regularly post writing competitions and fillers on my website - Grow Your Own Words :)

Patsy said...

Good plan, Womag - and do enjoy your holiday.

They don't pay much, but Every Day Fiction publish a story everyday and they give useful feedback on work they don't accept.
http://www.everydayfiction.com/submit-story/

Nan Sheppard said...

My Gran reads 'Saga' Magazine, which often has true-life stories... I will look through her old issues and see if there are any stories. Have a great holiday!

Gail Crane said...

My cousin in NZ is sending over some mags with fiction slots from there and OZ. If there's anything new, I'll let you know.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Excellent idea, Womagwriter! Will keep my eyes peeled!

Suzanne Jones said...
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Suzanne Jones said...

The Family section in The Guardian (Saturday) is looking for the following:

A letter to... (a personal and emotional communication - possibly to someone who is no longer around)

Playlist (details of a song that has some meaning to you, personally)

Snapshot (a family snap with a short piece about it)

We love to Eat (recipe and anecdote about why you like this food)

They'll pay £25 for any used.

Write to: Family Life, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

or email: family@guardian.co.uk

Remember to include address and phone number.

Looks like they're looking for a few hundred words for each - probably best to buy the paper and have a look before submitting anything, to get the general idea of what might work. (I'm pretty sure they used to pay more than £25 for these items, but that seems to be the way of things unfortunately.)

Anonymous said...

hello, Lydia again, the new one! you probably know these markets but just in case: Your Cat - one short story and a 'it happened to me'type column - must be 'catty'. s.parslow@bournepublishinggroup.co.uk I think £40 for the column, £80 for the story, but check. Bon Marche shop - it has a magazine and runs a 'competition' each season and if the story is published it's £100. must be romance, and has an entry form in the mag. The Sunday post accepts and pays for letters £25 star £10 others. Chat (yuk) is looking for word squares at the moment for £20. It's like a crossword four letter words (???) with no blanks. Amateur gardener - that's a funny animal - I keep attempting the letters page to win vouchers, but they always get in touch by e-mail, trying to sort out my 'problems'and tell me I can phone and chat to them! lovely- but no cigar! There may be a works mag, where you can write a filler. I've had letters published several times in medical mags (£25) - I have some med knowledge, but I bet you can do the same for caravanners weekly, or counsellors are us or whatever you are interested in.For any new writers, have you seen the writers and artists year book? it's in most libraries. Reader's Digest has to be the best payer for fillers, but I have never been sucessful.
Thank you for the other markets mentioned - I hadn't heard of them. Hope you have a lovely holiday, Kath.

Karen said...

Brilliant info - sorry I can't add anything new, but will keep my eyes peeled :o)

Diane, I was wondering what type of short stories for Take 5 - similar to That's Life! ?

the writing pad said...

What a good idea - I'll look again through my 'odd' magazines (horsey and Build It types) just in case ...
Have a great holiday
All best
Karla

Evelyn said...

Amateur Gardening and Gardeners' World Magazine reward letters with Garden Gift Tokens, which is great if you're as garden-obsessed as I am. I have been reasonably successful with these, and I love getting the tokens. I feel a little greedy sometimes. What I'd really like to do is write gardening articles and letters pages are the next best thing.

Not all gardening magazines give payment. Some reward just the star letter with a prize. Some give no reward apart from kudos.

I have noticed an increase in magazines using comments lifted from their online forums, rewarding the writer with nothing more than an acknowledgement. They are within their rights to do this since in the T&Cs on many forums, the writer yields all publication rights on posting. I'm not sure I like this, but there is a certain poetic justice since the Internet is robbing magazines of their customers.

A similar thing happens with photograph competitions. The magazine often assumes publication rights to ALL submissions whether the photograph wins a prize or not. This saves them paying for using stock photographs. This takes a living away from professional photographers.

One problem with letters pages is you never know if they are going to use the letter or not, and they don't like multiple submissions. This means any comment or tip has to be a one off which might, but might not be rewarded... a sort of single-use submission

One blessing is that often they will accept email letters.

Anonymous said...

I, too have noticed this 'lifting' of competition entries and blog comments for use without payment. that's bad news!
just a thought - I hate the 'crazy guy ate my hamster' type stories you see in some of the magazines, and the thought of supplying photos leaves me cold, but I have decided to approach them with a 'good news' story, (without photos) I'll let you know if there is any interest. does anyone take the 'destiny/spirit' type of magazine? I'm wondering if there is an opportunity in there?

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Prima Magazine is excellent: it has a real-life story slot for up to 400 words. The winner gets £200 and several runners up receive a year's subscription. All are published with the author's photo. And of course, there are all those tips paying £25.

Don't forget Writers' Forum - they have a monthly short story comp and generous prizes (it's about £5 to enter, with optional critique).

Anonymous said...

Reader's Digest pays for letters, tips, fillers, jokes and real life stories. They can be submitted online via their site. There's also a caption competition each month. Perhaps not quite what you're looking for here but I just thought I'd mention it.

And I thought I'd throw these ideas in too. They are the result of brainstorming :-)

Launch your own subscription E-zine.

Produce your own anthologies and self-publish through Smashwords or directly into Amazon.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Tringyokel said...

Someone asked about Destiny/Spirit magazines. I have the latest copy of Kindred Spirit and they have a letters page. The star letter won £50 of "MBS goodies". no other details were given.

Most letters either refer to, or follow up, recent articles so you would be advised to buy a copy of the magazine.

Last year they held a fiction comp but this year decided to go for graphic design. Worth watching for in future years.

Diane Fordham said...

Hello Karen, Yes Take 5 do publish stories similar to That's Life. Good luck x

Prue said...

Hi Lydia, Your Cat will only accept fiction on a commission basis, as, quoting Sue Parsons, the Editor, they like to work with best-selling authors.
Does anyone know of alternative outlets for "catty" stories ?

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane

Thanks for the tip on Take 5. Do you have any idea of the name of the Editor/Fiction editor of the mag? Many thanks. Kath

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Kath, The editor of Take 5 is Belinda Wallis. When they published a 'Calling all Authors' back in December they didn't advise of a fiction editor's name. They pay $400 Australian, which is good! So far they publish a fiction every fortnight but I am hoping (fingers crossed) this increases to weekly. Good luck! :-)

linda.king68 said...

Hi. Spirit and Destiny magazine pay £25 for every letter published, although the star letter gets a gift worth around £50 (organic suncream in the last issue). I have had a letter published before - it's worth go!

Geraldine Ryan said...

Spirit and Destiny used to publish stories - they had one of mine. If I remember rightly it was edited by Elaine de Laurian whose name crops up a lot in Fiction Feast.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane - many thanks for sharing
the information on Take 5 and responding to my email re: the editors name. I'm very grateful and welcome the good luck wishes too. Good luck to you too.

Best wishes Kath

Anonymous said...

Diane,
Thanks for the info. How long before you get a rejection/acceptance do you know?

Diane Fordham said...

Hi anonymous, in regards to how long u get an acceptance or rejection from Take 5 ur guess is as good as mine. so far i am just receiving a 'run off' email saying 'will be forwarded to the relevant department' - so technically speaking as much as i haven't had a story accepted by Take 5, I haven't been rejected either, lol. What I am doing, is what happens with That's Life, wait the six months (it is a bit annoying) - I will email them and see what I can find out! I will let u know IF I hear back. Meanwhile... we keep on writing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane and other writers - just wondering whether anyone is resubmitting stories to Australian'That's life' after the six month deadline. My first sale to them was a resubmission after about seven months. I'm not sure if they are still happy with resubmissions now that Anthony is at the helm. If anyone can ofer any advice that would be great. thanks. Kath

Geraldine Ryan said...

I've given up with "That's Life" Australia, anonymous! All my stories sink into a big hole and they are all stories that have sold here so I have no idea what they are taking.

Why do they ask you to resubmit after six months? Don't they just keep getting the same stuff back that they've already rejected?

If they would come on here and say a bit about their submission policy, what they want and some explanation of why they don't just buy stories instead of putting you on a "shortlist" I would perhaps become a bit more patient with them. But when you don't understand how an organisation works it's hard to fathom out the mystery!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Geraldine, for making me feel slightly better. Because the same thing has been happening to my submissions to That's Life Australia. After one acceptance a year ago, all my other fiction submissions have just disappeared into a giant void!

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Kath, I always wait six months or so and re-submit to That's Life. Our short story market here in Australia is ever so tiny and That's Life, I would imagine, receives an abundance, so rejection is no negative reflection on your story. I have had stories which I have sent three or four times to That's Life over the years until they did get accepted! Never ever give up! Bring your old stories out and revamp them. In your heart if you know you do have a good story resubmit it. Keep on writing everybody :-)

Geraldine Ryan said...

Nice words, Diane.

Off to bombard them!

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane, Geraldine & All

Thanks for your responses. It's good to know that well published writers are experiencing the same 'black hole' syndrome with 'That's Life'. Thanks again to you Diane for the useful info and motivational advice regarding resubmissions. I'l certainly have a go. Thanks again to you all .

Good wishes

kath

Anonymous said...

Lydia here. Black hole syndrome? I am actually experiencing that with Weekly News at present - three stories more than 3 months now, and a polite follow up e-mail unanswered!Is Jill's computer playing up again? If so, how to let her know? Sending an e-mail is not working!It's not the turnaround time - other publications take far longer - it's being advised that turnaround is approx 2 months, waiting more than three,and not knowing if they have even been received! It is so frustrating. As for submitting them again - that's at least another two months wait - presuming that they arrive, of course...

Bernadette said...

Lydia, I think Jill is still catching up so is just about on December stories at the moment.

womagwriter said...

Hi all

Thank you all SO much for all these ideas - some great tips here and some I'll definitely follow up and write posts on.

Give yourselves a gold star!

Danny Rhodes said...

These two websites contain a lot of Speculative Fiction links but certainly the second one has a far wider range of markets to explore...

www.ralan.com

www.duotrope.com

Hope they're of some use...

Ali said...

Isn't the massive take-up of e-readers and iPads etc an ideal opportunity for short stories? They are just the right length to read when commuting, filling in a few spare minutes etc. The question is how could it be done?

Lydia – I had a response from Jill on 7th April to a story I submitted in December. She apologised for the delay and said she should be up to date in the next few weeks. I didn’t receive a response to a follow up email I sent or any automated email responses either, but as she had received my story, you can probably assume that she's received yours.

Anonymous said...

Hi It's Lydia. I would just like to say thanks to everyone, and especially for the answers to my questions.

Anonymous said...

I have had several pieces accepted by EuropeMagazineOnline. No payment at present, but it is nice to see your work published online. They accept articles on travel, history and food. Photos are needed to accompany the articles.