Monday, 26 November 2018

Allers


Allers is the Finnish sister magazine to the Swedish Allas. Under the terms of the standard contract with Aller media, a story sold to one magazine can be used by another within the group. That recently happened to one of my stories, which originally appeared in Allas two years ago.

I love the illustration!

If my friend Beatrice Charles hadn't spotted it on Readly I wouldn't have known about it. There's no requirement for them to notify authors this has happened. There's no requirement for them to pay extra either. Still, it's nice have more readers (who knows, some might go on to discover my books) and to be able to say my short stories have been published in nine different countries (I'm counting the UK as one.)

One thing to be aware of, if you sell rights allowing the story to be published elsewhere (as is the case with most contracts) this will restrict where else you can submit it. For example I couldn't offer first Australian rights for a story sold to Take A Break (or the Fiction Feast) in the UK as the publishers may already have published it in one of their Australian magazines without my knowledge.

This doesn't restrict your right to offer it to places which don't require first rights, or to use the story yourself somewhere. (Of course if you've sold all rights you needn't worry about any of this as you no longer own the story and can't offer or use it anywhere at all.)


2 comments:

Jacqui said...

I've tried to count up the nine countries and I'm stumped. Go on, tell us...

Patsy said...

@ Jacqui – With womags, it's UK (Take a Break, My Weekly, People's Friend etc), Ireland (Ireland's Own), Australia (Fast Fiction, Take 5, Yours), South Africa (YOU), India (Woman's Era), Sweden (Allas) and Finland (Allers).

I've also been published in a Canadian literary magazine (Pages) and a Greek periodical (in Greek). Neither are womags and they're not open to unsolicited submissions, which is why I've not posted details here.