I was pleased to see two short stories in the UK That's Life Summer special. Don't get too excited though as I contacted them and was told by smeone in reader's services that they've had a change of policy and won't be continuing with the fiction. Sigh.
Who makes these decisions and why - and is there anything we can do to convince them that readers do want fiction in their magazines?
We can only hope they'll realise their mistake before too long.
I think one way is to go onto the comments sites of the individual mags and say how much you liked the story; I often hear people who read mags say to each other how much they enjoyed the short story, and I find myself wishing they'd put that in writing! Magazines really like and respond to reader feedback.
Yes, stories add such a lot to the reading joy of a magazine - shall email a vote for the PleaseKeepTheFiction campaign...
It's a shame but I wasn't aware they had fiction in that mag.
Letting the magazines who do publish fiction know we enjoy it seems like a good idea. I worry it looks like self interest coming from writers - but of course we're readers too.
Mine was accepted on 30 March.
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