Delighted to see so many people requesting fiction on the various facebook pages for magazines. The desire to see the return of the short story seems to be alive and well. I don't recognise all the names so assume many of them are readers...
Diane reports that Australian Women's Weekly have taken note of the facebook comments asking for more fiction. So this campaign might just work!
These pages do look like a good way of keeping up with what's going on in the magazines. For instance on the Woman fb page there's a mention of their Summer Special which comes out on 1st July and which contains some short stories. I suspect they are commissioned from well known novelists but we'll see when it comes out. Maybe if people buy this and enjoy the stories they could consider writing to the magazine or commenting on facebook about how good the stories are?
Also noticed an opportunity for book reviewers on the Woman page - email them on firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a chance to review their weekly Hot Read.
UK magazines which have dropped fiction in the last 7 years (since I've been writing) are: Chat, That's Life, Best, Bella, Woman, Woman's Own, The Lady, Take A Break (weekly), Candis. That's just off the top of my head so may not be complete. Fiction lovers are forced to buy Woman's Weekly, My Weekly, People's Friend or the fiction specials from these magazines or Fiction Feast. I do think there is room on newsagents' shelves for a bit more weekly fiction!