This is a database of official guidelines and websites, blog posts and other links I feel may be of use to those wishing to write for women’s magazines. Words in green and turquoise should be clickable links. (There's no significance to the various shades, they simply demonstrate my lack of technical ability!) If you can add any further information or have any questions, comments or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to let me know.
Although I’ll do my best to keep this information accurate, I VERY STRONGLY advise you to refer to the official guidelines and read a couple of current issues of the magazine in question before submitting.
Word counts – Where given, these are a rough guide only. Some magazines will accept any word could within the specified range, other will have more precise requirements. Before submitting, please check with the official guidelines if there are any, or the latest Womagwriter posts for that magazine if none are published.
Guidelines – The rules you must follow in order for your work to have any chance of success.
Unsolicited submissions – anyone my submit work, even if they’ve not been previously published and don’t feature on any editors’ list.
All rights – If you give up all your rights, the story is no longer yours. You can’t use it in any way ever again. You can’t earn from it ever again. Whoever acquires all your rights can do whatever they wish with it, including changing anything including the authors name, selling it on, making it into a film or audio book.
I VERY STRONGLY urge all writers NOT to give up all rights. Further information can be found here.