Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Australian That's Life guidelines updated

Submission guidelines for Australian That's Life Fast Fiction have been updated and are available here

An important thing to note is that they will no longer take second rights, so you can only send them stories which are unpublished or have never been published in an English-speaking country. 


23 comments:

Janice Sadler said...

Thank, Womag, for posting these new guidelines. Have you any idea how long they've been out? I've had no recent success with Australia and am wondering if I can blame the change of guidelines on my failure! Or maybe it's just me!

Kate Blackadder said...

Very useful, as ever, Kath. Thank you.

Patsy said...

Thanks.

Kath said...

Thank you, Womagwriter.

Janice Sadler said...

Does anyone know who's in charge of fiction at TL?

Margaret Skipworth said...

Thanks, as always, Kath. I think I read somewhere, Janice, that they're not appointing a new fiction editor at the moment. Sorry, I can't remember where I saw that!

L said...

Thanks for the useful update.

Janice Sadler said...

Thanks, Margaret. Much appreciated. Bit strange though.

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Anonymous said...

The new fiction editor is Nikki Roberts, Janice. The new guidelines are fairly recent, though a couple of different editors have been selecting fiction since April or so, when
Anthony Lambert left.

Janice Sadler said...

Thank you, Anonymous.

parlance said...

I noticed in the last edition of the seasonal 'Fast Fiction' anthology that there is a new editor. I'm not sure how long she has been in the job. I also noticed that the stories seem to range over a larger age-range of protagonists now, with quite a few having older characters. It thought perhapst the writers are from around the world, as the settings are generic rather than specifically Australian e.g. country towns, offices, bowling clubs. On the other hand, I did notice some specifically Australian references. One story was definitely set in England, as it featured a highway robber and mentioned the London road. Of course, historic stories set in England are commonly read in Australia.

I'm very interested that they only take first rights now. For a long time I've thought that the Fast Fiction anthology featured a lot of second rights stories although I don't know whether I was right. It was just that they often seemed to have a taste of English as used in England or America. (I'm Australian, BTW.)

parlance said...

I just notice Janice's question. The latest edition of Fast Fiction, which is a story-edition that comes out four times a year, has Anna Gordon as editor. I'm not sure whether she does the weekly magazine also. If I remember, I'll look at the weekly edition and post again here.

Janice Sadler said...

Thanks so much, parlance. I really appreciate your help!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Womag. Sorry to hear Anthony Lambert has left. Also sorry to hear that as well as only accepting first rights they've dropped the pay scales by about 50%. What do us writers need to do? Win on the lottery, I guess! Good wishes KH

parlance said...

Janice, I bought a copy of the September 11 issue and the editor of that is Linda Smith.

parlance said...

Anonymous, I was also sad to see another name as editor when I bought this edition. He was a courteous and helpful editor. Here's hoping Ann and Linda will be great editors also.

I noticed the pay scales were lower and that's a pity,

parlance said...

Anonymous, do you think there will be different fiction editors for each edition? That would make life difficult for writers, I think.

One of the top fantasy and sf magazines here in Australia, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine changes editor each time, which makes for interesting reading, as they each have different tastes.

Anonymous said...

Hi all, I've been writing for That's Life for years so I hope the following helps.
Linda Smith has been the main editor for years. During this time there have been different fiction editors. At one time there was a fiction editor for the weekly and a fiction editor for the quarterly magazine. This later changed to one fiction editor for both magazines. When Anthony Lambert left, yes, Linda Smith and Anna Gordon were selecting fiction. Now a new fiction editor has been appointed and that is Nikki Roberts.
Good luck.

parlance said...

Thanks, Anonymous, that's very helpful.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick update, as of beginning of 2015 Katherine Davison has taken over from Nikki Roberts as the fiction editor of That's Life Fast Fiction.

Tony Haynes said...

Hi Folks! Hope all's well. I was just wondering if anyone knew what the latest was with regards THAT'S LIFE?

After having had a reasonable amount of success in the past, I haven't had a story published with them for over a year and when I went to check their 'fiction guidelines' page (in case anything had changed); I found myself looking at that incredibly useless (+ annoying) generic "page 404 "Not found" message... I was just wondering if anyone could enlighten me...?

Thanks for any help,
Cheers,
Tony

Patsy said...

Same here, Tony. There seem to be some more editorial changes going on - I'll post an update if/when I find anything out.