I heard that Jill Finlay was leaving The Weekly News and emailed to check it was true and if she minded me posting the news here. Her reply is -
Yes - it's true! Next week will be my last with TWN, as I've got a new job as Production Editor for Girls' Magazines.
It's been 17 years since I started here - and 15 of that has involved fiction - so it's a bittersweet moment.
I'll miss the fiction and all the writers so much, but hopefully, the new system will keep it pretty much as it has been.
The team from The People's Friend have agreed to supply our stories from now on, so all submissions you would have sent to me need to go to firstname.lastname@example.org
It's keeping it in-house and means our fiction slot will continue as it always has.
I have loved my time being Fiction Ed on TWN, but it really is such a good opportunity at the magazines that it's time to move on and take on some fresh challenges.
Next Fri will be my last day, so the countdown is on!
You're very welcome to post on the womagwriter blog - the blogs are the best way to let everybody know about the changes, so thank you.
Goodbye, Jill and best wishes for the future.
UPDATE - The People's Friend editor, Shirley Blair, has blogged about this here. I'm pleased she says that they intend to keep the differences in fiction style between the two publications ad will be continuing to use Jill's guidelines and system of emailed submissions.