Thursday, 27 September 2012

People's Friend website and link to submission guidelines

Following on from yesterday's post, the new look People's Friend website is already available - here.

And it includes downloads of the submission guidelines for short stories, serials, poems and features - here.

It's a great looking website, and lovely to have the guidelines so easily available. Go check it out, everyone!

26 comments:

Shirley, The People's Friend, said...

Thanks again, Kath, for your help and for the kind comments.

Old Kitty said...

Thank you womagwriter! I particularly like the advice on how to submit!

Take care
x

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Womag and Shirley of course. I've had some luck with PF which is great but quite a few returns because the stories were described as 'too downbeat'. I'm finding it difficult to describe the peaks and troughs of emotion in a story without being a little downbeat. Any writers out there got any good ideas of how to take the fictional character on an emotional journey without being too downbeat? I'd be very grateful for any advice. Thanks.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, womagwriter!

Sam

TracyFells said...

Great thank you :)

Dolores Doolittle said...

Yes, huge thanks for these two posts on the revamped People's Friend - very exciting, and feel inspired to try a Feature!

Anonymous said...

Anyone else having trouble downloading these guidelines? - or is it a problem with my system??

Anonymous said...

dear anonymous, re downbeat: I'm not one of the more prolific writers, but I have enjoyed several sucesses with P.F.
I'm sure other writers could give you better advice, but I find that if a character needs to experience emotional lows it helps to have another character cheering them on from the sidelines - ie good advice from Gran, over a cuppa, which makes her stand a little straighter as she leaves, a friend empathising and making the character laugh a little, mum giving her a plate of scrambled eggs - her favourite. Don't leave her alone in the emotional mire, or give her too low an emotional low - show the warmth around her, for pf it has to be 'alright in the end' so a hint of your character planning to pick herself up might help.
I have found that it can be realistic - it might not be girl gets guy/job/house - but she does have a good blast of the light at the end of the tunnel, and strides forward in a much happier frame of mind.
hope that helps a little, and I cannot download the guide lines, either.

Pat Posner said...

The guidelines are a pdf doc and it takes a while to download. But it does download, eventually!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 29th September.Re PF Stories

What excellent advice and how very kind of you to share it with me and others. I think I most definately get the gist now as you have explained how to balance the emotions with the surrounding support and warmth. Great big thanks.

Julie Day said...

Thanks so much for this. Will buy the new designed mag and probably try querying them with a story next year. Have something in mind.

Kath said...

Many thanks for this, Womagwriter. I notice the guidelines emphasize that no response will be forthcoming if an SAE is not provided. Recently, however, I've been omiting the SAE on the basis that I'm happy (wrong word perhaps!) to be advised of rejections by email. I think others have also been doing this and wonder if PF have actually changed their minds and really do want SAEs from everyone, or if this requirement's just been brought forward from older guidelines and no long applies.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Pat for your advice re downloading the guidelines. Unfortunately it's not just the fact that its a pdf doc that's causing my problems - I had tried leaving it (to download) for an absolute age, but all I got was an error message telling me that the connection had timed out. Obviously a problem with my system - but many thanks for your suggestion anyhow.

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks for the info

Laura Marcus said...

Do they still pay a flat £75 per story no matter how long it is?

Anonymous said...

I get email responses, Kath - i think if you ask in your cover letter for them to reject in this way, then they are happy to. Unless others know otherwise, i'm pretty sure that's the current state of play.

Yes, Laura, £75 for stories of all lengths, more for serials.

Sam

Laura Marcus said...

Cheers anonymous! Not enough for me to have a go. Seems unfair to pay same no matter how long they are! But then, DC Thomson never were particularly good payers...

Laura Marcus said...

Whooops! I see you signed your post. Cheers Sam! (Don't think we can edit here. Sorry for not noticing your signature at the end of your post).

Kath said...

Thanks, Sam

Marie Madigan said...

Thanks for these two posts - really really useful!

Fran said...

Thanks for the post. Have just submitted first story to The People's Friend. Now the wait ...

Annie said...

Can you explain what Peoples Friend mean by NO Para Indents and Formatting when submitting a short story?

Patsy said...

Yes.

They don't want the start of paragraphs indented at all - not tabs, spaces or anything like that.

They also don't want any other forms of formatting, such as justifying the text, links, colours, fancy fonts. Keep everything as simple as possible.

Baz said...

I assume no paragraph indents means separating parasgraphs by a space, otherwise it would be one solid dull block.

Barry

Patsy said...

You'd think so, Barry - but apparently they don't want an extra line either - that's more formatting.

I'm not sure why they make this request for paper submissions (it makes perfect sense for emailed subs as any formatting needs to be removed before the story can be got ready for publishing) and doubt they'd reject a story solely because someone misunderstood or forgot, but it's sensible to try to follow the guidelines.