Guidelines database

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.

Last updated – 4/10/21

The People’s Friend & Associated specials

Womagwriter posts about The People’s Friend

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,000 – 9,000 (different counts within this range accepted, not anywhere in between)

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email

Take a Break Associated specials


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Womagwriter postsPosts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range – 700 – 2,500

Paying market? Yes

 How to submit Email

The Yellow Room

Womagwriter posts 

Official guidelines

Editor's blog

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No. First British Serial Rights only.

Approx word count range  800 – 3,000

Paying market? A small payment may be offered. tbc

 How to submit Email

Allas

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,000 – 1,500

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email

Woman’s Way (Ireland)



Update 11/4/21 I've been informed that this magazine is not currently publishing fiction.

Womagwriter posts.

Official website

Official guidelines. None found.

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes.

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? No

 How to submit Email

My Weekly My Weekly Annual

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – varies. Regular contributors will be notified by email.

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email

Ireland’s Own Associated specials

Womagwriter posts about Ireland’s Own

Official Website

Official guidelines. None found, but submissions are mentioned here.

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 2,000 for adult stories. 800 for children’s

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email

Woman's Weekly 'Best of' 

750 or 1,500. Some new fiction is bought, but reprints are also used.

Paying market? Yes (but they only pay once. If your story is reused you can claim the ALCS (assuming you hold the rights or ask permission if not) but won't receive another fee).

How to submit Email


Woman’s Weekly

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Official guidelines (These are now very out of date! I requested the current ones and have posted them here.)

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes (for weekly magazine)

Approx word counts  – 800 or 1,800 words 

Paying market? Yes 

How to submit Email

Seven Days

Official website – not yet available

Official guidelines - None currently supplied online by the publishers, but I've posted the most recent ones here.

Womagwriter posts

Word count – 500 - 1200 words

Accepts unsolicited submissions – Yes.

Takes all rights? No

Paying market? Yes

How to submit – email


Woman

Official website

Official guidelines – None supplied online by the publishers, but I've posted the most recent ones here.

Womagwriter posts

Word count – 1,800 words

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes – submissions for the Woman's Weekly magazine are also considered for Woman and Woman's Own.

Takes all rights? I believe so

How to submit Email


Woman's Own

Official website (at least, the closest I could find!)

Official guidelines – None supplied online by the publishers, but I've posted the most recent ones here.

Womagwriter posts

Word count – 1,800 words

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes – submissions for the Woman's Weekly magazine are also considered for Woman and Woman's Own.

Takes all rights? I believe so

How to submit Email

Yours

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,000 Also serials.

Paying market? Yes

Special instructions Include short synopsis

How to submit Email or post

Yours Fiction

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –  450 - 2,700 This seems very variable. The latest requirements are often posted in the magazine, so check the current issue.

Paying market? Yes

Special instructions Include short synopsis

How to submit Email or post

You (South Africa)

Womagwriter posts

Official website None found but they are on Twitter

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes, but closed for submissions until January 2022

Approx word count range – 1,500

Paying market? Yes

 How to submit Email

That’s Life (Australia)

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

 How to submit Email

Woman’s World (USA)

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 600 & 800

Paying market? Yes (high pay)

 How to submit Email

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Womagwriter posts

Official website  Best’s Facebook page   Best’s Twitter feed

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No, but they do run fairly frequent short story competitions, with the prize of paid publication. These are free to enter and open to all.

Takes all rights? Unknown for commissions. No for competition winners.

Approx word count range – 1,000 

Paying market? Yes

 How to submit Email

Love Sunday

Womagwriter posts

Official website None – but they do have an out of date Twitter account!

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? No, but will mention your book if you ask, and IF they don’t ‘forget’.

 How to submit Email

Spirit and Destiny

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

 How to submit Email

Allers (Finland)

Womagwriter posts

Official website of publishing company

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Possibly, but also re-use stories bought by sister magazine Allas (as allowed for in the contract).

Your Cat

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email

Prima

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Official guidelines – None found online. They are printed in the magazine.

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes – in the form of competition entries.

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range – 800

Paying market? Yes

How to submit Email 

 My Weekly Pocket Novels

Womagwriter posts

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 50,000

Paying market? Yes, but relatively low for the word count

 How to submit Email

The People’s Friend Pocket Novels

Womagwriter posts

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 39,500 - 42,000

Paying market? Yes, but relatively low for the word count.

 How to submit Email

ISSN’s

Why you need them, a list of those I know of, and how to find the rest.

 

Glossary

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.


And finally, here's a link to all my books, and a quick mention of these lovely writing books ...

A Year Of Ideas: 365 sets of writing prompts and exercises

All writers need ideas. We need topics and themes, prompts to get started and a little encouragement to keep going. New writers may be wondering where to begin, daunted by a blank page and want help to transform thoughts into fiction. Even the most experienced have dry periods when ideas don't flow, or times when they appreciate a push to try something different.

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Each of the daily sets of prompts in this book have been used in some way by Patsy, to create her own work. She needs a lot of ideas as she's completed six novels, co-written From Story Idea to Reader (an accessible guide to writing fiction) and produced twenty collections of themed short stories, averaging two dozen per book. Hundreds of her short stories have been published – mainly in women's magazines. She blogs, writes articles, wins competitions and is always working on something new.

Whether you're a new writer, or a more experienced one temporarily out of ideas, have hours to fill or just five free minutes, you'll find something in this book to help get you writing – every day of the year.

Get it here, or order from bookshops or libraries.


From Story Idea to Reader

An easily accessible guide to writing fiction


Whether brushing up your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion.

Are you looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or do you want to self-publish? This practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They've both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

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22 comments:

Fay Knowles said...

Thanks so much for all this helpful info, Patsy. I'm confused about The People's Friend's requirements as Julie Louise Phillips posted in Bring Back Fiction to Women's Magazines on April 5th: " I've just been told by People's Friend that at the moment they are only accepting subs from writers who've been published by them before."!

Jenny Worstall said...

Absolutely brilliant labour of love, Patsy. I just hope it didn't take too long! Many thanks for this hugely helpful resource. And the icing on the cake for me was seeing the cover of my first Pocket Novel, Love and Lies, from 2019!

Sharon boothroyd said...

Thanks for this patsy but that's life in Australia are no longer accepting new fiction. They republish old stock and don't pay the writer. I also thought spirit and destiny had put a temporary halt on subs. They take all rights.

Patsy said...

@ Fay – The fiction editor says they are still accepting them, and I think she'd know! https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/2021/03/30/fiction-eds-blog-waiting-to-hear-about-a-submission/ There is currently a problem accessing them, due to COVID restrictions, but they will eventually be read and considered.

@ Jenny – I don't know how long it took as I've spread the work over several stages – and of course it will never be actually finished as it will require frequent updates.

@ Sharon – Magazines do sometimes change their policy, or temporarily close to submissions, so it's always best to check before writing anything specifically for that market.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Really helpful - thanks, Patsy!

Sue Blackburn said...

Thank you so much Patsy. This is is so helpful and I'm sure took you a long time and wasn't easy to do. So very much appreciated. xx

New girl on the block said...

So helpful. Many thanks.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Rosemary, Sue and New Girl. I appreciate you taking the time to say this is useful.

Patricia G said...

Thank you so much, Patsy, for this useful information.

:-) said...

This is great, thanks for sharing all this useful info, Patsy. Much appreciated.

Hazel said...

If we submit via email. How do we format the story to email? Would it be the same formatting which we use to post them as I can't seem to find any email formatting guides.

Patsy said...

@ Hazel – unless the guidelines say otherwise then yes, format in the same way as you would if posting your submission.

The People's Friend have requested no formatting for their emailed subs – that is no paragraph indents and no headers and footers.

Niddy said...

Thanks so much, Patsy, a lot of hard work has gone into this so much appreciated.

Bernadette said...

Thanks Patsy

ados123 said...

Thank you so much for this helpful list, Patsy. I hope it didn't take too long to pull together. Much appreciated.

Alyson

Wendy said...

Thanks ever so much for this update, Patsy.

Elizabeth McGinty said...

Thank you so much for the time and effort into putting this together, Patsy.

Anonymous said...

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong place, but please may I ask if anyone has the new e-mail address for Allas Sweden submissions?
I have searched every website for the magazine, and not been able to track down the new fiction editor. E mails to Lotta are rejected, so no one is watching her e-mail box.
I have sent a few e-mails to various addresses, but have no response.
Thanks in advance,

KB

Patsy said...

@ KB, sorry it's taken a while to respond.

The new fiction editors are Cecilia Ericson and Margaretha Malmgren. Their emails work in the same was as Lotta's did.

Jackie Sayle said...

Thanks for this, Patsy. Very useful.

Bea Charles said...

Thank you, Patsy. This is really helpful.

Julie B said...

Thanks so much! Very helpful!