Apologies for the round robin. I am writing to introduce myself and to say that I am very much looking forward to working with you.
I will try to respond to everyone who has emailed me individually as well. As you can imagine, I'm snowed under with emails at the moment but I am hoping I can clarify a few points here.
Although this is a period of huge change, Woman's Weekly and the kind of fiction required has not changed. With your help, we will continue to publish the same brilliant fiction we have always been known for.
The guidelines will stay the same. We still need exactly the same kind of stories for Woman's Weekly, i.e:
1000 and 2000 for the main magazine. Plus serials.
Longer stories for the FS. I am currently short on longer stories, around the 5000 mark, but need all other lengths too. Varying subjects and themes. Longer crime would be good.
Family stories, relationship stories, crime, humour, romance, period, etc, for both titles.
At the moment, I can only accept submissions via email to this address from our regular contributors, which includes you - as you are receiving this email.
However, it is very likely that I may have missed some people. I'm happy for you to forward this to anyone who is a regular contributor, or who has been in the past. I have been associated with the magazine for a long time (in the background), so hopefully will recognise them.
Finally, we are NOT closing the doors to new writers indefinitely. I just need to get on top of things first. In future, I anticipate that I will be open for submissions from Regular Contributors ALL the time and open to submissions from ALL writers SOME of the time. I can announce when this is happening on our guidelines, or on social media such as Womag.
If you have emailed me individually, I will get back to you. Please bear with me!
Many thanks and my very best wishes.