Sharon from Kishboo magazine is today's blog guest.
As a womag writer, I've been eagerly following Douglas McPherson's excellent ongoing series about how writer Helen Yendall won The People's Friend serial writing competition.
However, I was really taken aback to discover that PF Fiction Editor Shirley Blair has her own stories featured in the magazine, published under a different name.
This fact was revealed when Helen attended a PF workshop.
Douglas doesn't make a big thing of it – in fact, he skips over it quite breezily - but when I brought this up with members of my online womag writing group, there were quite a few reactions.
Several people wondered who actually edits Shirley's work before it's published?
Does she award herself a fee for her stories?
With so many talented womag writers around, I feel puzzled why a Fiction Editor finds it necessary to include their own work in their own magazines.
As another member of my group pointed out, they are in 'guaranteed publication' position. Is this practice fair to womag writers?
Fiction Ed Karen Byrom of My Weekly used to be a My Weekly short story writer. Is she still one?
And do Fiction Eds submit their work to other magazines?
We womag writers realise we are competing with other writers, but I didn't realise we were competing with work from Fiction Editors too.
What do you think about this?