Friday, 11 March 2016

The People's Friend Fiction (and other) guidelines.

The People's Friend have just updated their guidelines. You can find them all here.

Hope you'll forgive me for illustrating this post with a logo from a rejection letter. There aren't any acceptance letters with my name on, nor copies of the magazine with one of my stories in. I'm just not on their wavelength. Ah well, can't win 'em all!

19 comments:

Sue Blackburn said...

Thanks Patsy for updating all these guidelines. Don't know what we'd do without you :-)

Aw - keep on keeping on. With your talents I'm sure you WILL crack the PF code xx

Penny said...

Thanks for these... reminding me to look over the guidelines once more! I'm more often published by PF than anywhere else. A (kindly) refusal is (usually) on the grounds of a story needing more 'emotional depth'... which is fine, when you can figure out some way of adding the right amount of that magical ingredient :-)

Linda Lewis said...

Re PF. It took me TEN years but I kept trying. Never give up. That's my motto.....

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Patsy - must study them...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for info, Patsy. It took a lot of submissions from me before I finally had an acceptance from PF. I've had quite a bit of success with them this year, though, which cheers me greatly! I'll offer the same advice as Sue and Linda...Keep on trying. All good wishes Kate Hogan

Wendy's Writing said...

For some reason I've always found the People's Friend the easiest to write for. It's worth persevering as the editors are lovely to work with.

Carolb said...

Thanks, Patsy.

It's always helpful to know what the latest guidelines for the magazines are specifying on word counts.

Maria said...

Thanks for sharing Patsy.

Patsy said...

Thanks everyone.

I'm not too worried about not selling to PF - each magazine has a slightly different style and it's not surprising that each author will do better with some than others. I will still try now and again though, if I have something I think is suitable.

Hunter S. Jones said...

Thank you for the info. I had to share. Cheers!

Celia said...

Curiously I can't find any guidelines for PF on this link - just 'oops this page can't be found' or something similar. Might be just my computer of course!

Patsy said...

Seems to be working OK now ...

Fay Knowles said...

Thanks so much , Patsy, for keeping us up to date with the various magazine's guidelines. Do you know if "The People's Friend" will accept submissions that have been published elsewhere, i.e. "Second British Serial Rights"?

Fay Knowles said...

Sorry! - "the various magazines' guidelines"!

Patsy said...

Hi Fay - no, they don't take previously published stories.

Fay Knowles said...

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, Patsy. That's a shame, but I do understand.

Fay Knowles said...

Hi again, Patsy! Do you know of any other magazines that accept previously published stories?

Patsy said...

Woman's Era in India - but you're unlikely to get paid!

Fay Knowles said...

Thanks, Patsy. I guess gone are the days when you could sell a story several times over!