Friday, 16 May 2014

One For The Ladies Perhaps - Woman's Weekly Fiction Guidelines

N.B. Woman's Weekly do not accept stories by email.. Please include an s.a.e in case they have to return your manuscript.

Fiction is a vital ingredient of Woman's Weekly, the place where readers can escape and switch off. This doesn't mean predictable plots or old-fashioned romances. Escapism means getting involved in a really gripping tale with believable characters. Above all, we are looking for originality and a wide variety of themes and moods, such as mystery, humour, relationships and family issues, with warmth still an important factor. 

Try to be subtle in your writing and remember the maxim: "Show don't tell". It's  recommended that you read several issues of Woman's Weekly and Woman's Weekly Fiction Special to get a feel for their audience.
Unfortunately, they don't offer criticism, but if your writing shows promise, they will contact you.

What they are currently looking for

For the weekly magazine:

Short stories of 1,000 and 2,000 words
Serials in 3 or 4 parts of 3,300 words each
For Fiction Special (At least 20 stories 12 times a year):
Stories of 1,000 to 8,000 words

General tips

° We read only typescripts. Handwritten work can't be considered.
° Double line spacing on one side of the paper only and wide margins.
° Number each page and make sure your name is at the top of each page.
° If sending stories from abroad, please enclose an international reply coupon.
° If you would like us to acknowledge receipt of your manuscript, enclose a stamped, addressed postcard.
° Please note that it can take up to sixteen weeks for manuscripts to be considered, and that we are unable to enter into any correspondence by email.
Please send stories/serials to:
Fiction Department, Woman's Weekly, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building,
110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU.

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