I'm very pleased to have had my story Jack and Jill accepted for The Weekly News. It will be in the 22nd December issue (possibly under a different title). I very nearly missed out though, as Shirley Blair only just spotted that it was a Christmas story in time for it to be included.
Along with the acceptance she gave me this bit of advice, which I'm repeating here with her permission –
Top tip: it does help if you mention if it’s for a particular season in the subject line or your email. Then it’s more likely to catch my eye in time.
Shirley is also fiction editor for The People's Friend and blogs about that, so do take a look for more writing and submission tips, plus story starter ideas.