Monday, 23 May 2011

I hate to be the bearer of bad news...

... but we've lost another market.

From Gill Hook at Candis magazine:

"Due to exciting developments for the magazine, although we will still carry short stories, we will no longer be accepting unsolicited submissions.

Instead we will be commissioning short stories from established authors and from a shortlist of our most popular writers."


With thanks to Patsy for passing this on.

I can't say it sounds like an exciting development for the magazine to me. Last time I heard of a magazine changing to take commissioned stories from famous authors only, it was not long before they dropped the fiction slot altogether.

All together now, BOOOOOOO!

15 comments:

Patsy said...

Maybe all those of us who are readers of mags with fiction slots need to remind the magazines how much we like the fiction? If we don't, they might think we don't care and they can replace it with more celebrity gossip or ads for stairlifts.

Diane Fordham said...

After my request for the guidelines I opened my email this morning I got that dreaded email too! My heart sank - not again I thought. What do we do? We keep on writing, and we always hope for the best. Patsy is right the magazines need to be reminded we do want fiction in their mags!

Queenie said...

Boooooooo :-(

Karen said...

Oh what a shame :o(

sallyjenkins said...

Thanks for the info - at least now we won't waste our time sending stories where they're not wanted.
But wouldn't it be nice to hear of brand new market crying out for submissions for a change?!

Julie P said...

Let's just hope other magazines don't follow suit. What with My Weekly only taking short stories from those authors they've published before and now this from Candis - it does make one wonder!

Julie xx

suzy doodling said...

Thanks for this information. I've recently sent a story here, so I'll try it somewhere else now.

Diane Fordham said...

We live in hope Sally. It does happen - rarely, I admit, but it does happen. I remember when here in Australia we had several mags accepting short stories until they dwindled off ... then a few years ago, out of the ashes emerged our That's Life Fast Fiction. Our Take 5 only recently started accepting short fiction and I'm hoping down the track they put out a fiction mag... we must stay positive...keep the vibes good, and most of all, keep writing :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for that disappointing news. I'm turning my attention to overseas publishers who take short stories, although they tend to be a bit longer than magazine stories. I'll blog about it and send you the link when I get enough information together!

Kat said...

I think we should stop buying these magazines who only want to stick with the little group of regular writers.

It's a very narrow minded attitude - there could be writers out there who are better than the ones they already use, but how will they ever know!

I don't buy My weekly because of this, and now won't subscribe to Candis.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Have never subbed there because I heard they only accepted 12 stories a year. But it's a shame! Anybody know of any European women's mags that take stories and translate them?


Or Canadian? I can't believe there's only one mag in the USA that takes stories!

Anonymous said...

About 3 years ago I phoned Candis for guidelines and was told that they really chose stories from one of the writing magazines - racking my brains, now, was it competitions? Anyway it was a resounding 'don't bother', so I didn't/ It would be interesting to know if any one had a story accepted in the usual way.
By the way, Weekly News has now taken 4.5 months to decide on some fiction submissions!
The fiction world seems to be shrinking. I believe there is an american version of the artist and writers year book - i'll look into it and feed back

Geraldine Ryan said...

Anonymous, thank you!

Gail Crane said...

Oh, Noooooo! Not another one! :-(

Kath said...

Anonymous, I had one story accepted by Candis and they paid very well too. I sent another one but it was rejected. I think they were maybe the kind of market you try with stories you can't place elsewhere rather than writing specially for, but it's still a shame.

Interestingly, they chose their stories via a panel of readers - I wonder if these same readers have been consulted about the change?