Thursday, 22 August 2013

Woman's Weekly - change of house style

In a recent letter to contributors, Woman's Weekly mentioned a few things it is worth me passing on:

  • They have changed their house style, and from now on will use single quotes rather than double for speech marks. Therefore when submitting to WW it would be very helpful if writers would use single quotes.
  • Please always put your name, the story title and your email address on the first page of the story itself, not just on the cover sheet. (Actually I always put these on every page - the title and my name in the header and the page number and my email address in the footer.)
  • WW are currently looking for stories of all their preferred lengths - 1000 words, 2000 words, and 2500-8000 longer reads.
Happy writing!


Melissa Lawrence said...

Many thanks for this. It's been a while since I had some short stories published in Woman's Weekly and this post has prompted me to give them another go.

Rena George said...

Appreciate the update. Thank you. Rx

Clair Humphries said...

Thanks so much for this - have just started getting stories accepted by WW so it's great to have these useful guidelines.

Captain Black said...

A word of warning about using single quotes: keep your original documents as using double-quotes for speech marks, then use an edited copy for submission.

Why? Because changing from doubles to singles is not a reversible process. Not easy to reverse, anyway. I once tried to convert back from singles to doubles for a different submission. Luckily I spotted the problem before posting the story. All the apostrophes were messed up!

The problem can get even more interesting when you consider all the possible types of quotes, including the fancy ones, e.g: ' " ‘ “ ’ ” ‚ „

Less likely, but still problematic, is with text that includes prime and double-prime symbols. For example, in global coordinates with degrees, minutes and seconds, e.g. 34°21′07″

You have been warned.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Very helpful, thanks for this. Carole.

Jean Bull said...

Thank you! Very useful advice:)