Monday, 25 February 2013

Weekly News - closed for submissions for 2 months

Jill Finlay, fiction editor at The Weekly News, has reluctantly had to close the doors to submissions for two months, to give herself time to catch up with the backlog. Please don't send any more stories to The Weekly News until after 22nd April 2013. Jill is the only person working on fiction for TWN, which usually carries 3 stories a week, so it's a hefty workload and I can understand her needing to slow things down until she's back on top of it all.

15 comments:

Wendy's Writing said...

Poor Jill. It's a lot of stories for just one person to read. That would explain why I've had two stories with TWN for nine months. Sounds a sensible idea to suspend submissions for a bit.

Aurelia B Rowl said...

Thank you for letting us know.

It would explain why I haven't heard anything back since I submitted a story in August.

One person having to plough through that many stories sounds pretty daunting!

TracyFells said...

Thanks for the heads up. I submitted a story almost 6months ago, have already politely followed up, but will the poor woman alone now as sounds like she has a lot of reading to catch up on!

Dolores Doolittle said...

Thanks for letting us know, Womag - a joyful surge of hope for last summer's submissions!

Janice said...
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Janice said...

Oh, I hope Jill manages to feel better soon. She is a lovely Fiction Editor!

Gail Crane said...

I submitted two in November. Sounds as though I have some time to wait yet. A pity some help can't be found for Jill. She works so hard and is such a lovely person to write for.

Aurelia B Rowl said...

The crazy thing is, I've written two books and had them picked up by a publisher since I submitted my short story. The first came out in December and the second is out on Friday. And I though short stories would have a quicker turnaround??

Antonia Bloom said...

I submitted a story in mid December. Clearly she needs a bit of help. It's an awful lot for one person to have to deal with.

Anonymous said...

Jill gave me my first break - after 2 very kind rejections, she took and quickly published a story - this was the break that I needed, and writing short stories now makes up about a third of my income. Jill inspired me with confidence, and I will always be so very grateful to her.
It used to be about a two week turn around with the Weekly News, back in the good old days! Now that we have such a small paying market for our short fiction, I am not surprised that this lovely lady has been swamped. I am counting the days until I can send in another story.

Fay Knowles said...

I just emailed Jill Finlay to see if submissions were open again yet and received an auto reply, saying that my email had been forwarded to her personal address.

She also said:

"Please note I answer stories in chronological order. I am aware of who's waiting and will answer everyone as soon as I can.
At present, there is vast amount of stories requiring my attention, so I have taken the decision to remain closed to submissions until the end of May.
This will give me time to clear the decks and answer everybody.
If you are waiting for me to reply to outstanding stories, please do not send anything new until we're all back up to date.
Many thanks,
Jill."

George50 said...

Is there still such a backlog? I submitted a story 11 months ago and have followed up (politely!) once.

Thanks.

womagwriter said...

I don't know, George. I do know several people have sold stories to them lately.
If it's been a while since the last follow up I would nudge Jill again, politely. Good luck.

Fay Knowles said...

I never received an auto response when I emailed my story January 14th of this year, so I don't know if they received it or not. Then I sent a follow up on January 24th, but never received an answer to that either. I don't know whether to submit my story to another market.

George50 said...

Thanks Womag, I chased in January(!) so have just sent one more.