Here are the guidelines for YOU magazine, reproduced with permission from the fiction editor.
GUIDELINES FOR YOU SHORT STORIES:
Length: 1 500 words
Genre: Any, including romance although we'd like to feature more whodunits and detective stories.
Plot: General, but including contemporary issues such as the internet, email, family and social relationships, etc. The main criteria are that the story should be an entertaining, compelling read, and not too highbrow or morbid. Stories with an interesting twist always make for fun reading. Finally, there must be a definite storyline; sketches will not do.
Target market: YOU is a family magazine and ideally we'd like our short stories to appeal to both male and female readers (young adults and adults).
Presentation: Only emailed manuscripts will be accepted for consideration. Email them to email@example.com.
To facilitate our production process please:
- Use double quotation marks.
- Use only one space after full stops, commas, semicolons, question marks, etc.
- Press the ENTER key only once to make a paragraph; do not use indents.
We pay: R1 950/story
NB! WE ONLY ACCEPT SHORT STORIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED IN OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLICATIONS OR ON THE INTERNET.