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Woman Woman's Weekly Fiction Guidelines


We regret we can't accept stories by email. Please include an sae in case we 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". We recommend you read several issues of Woman's Weekly and Woman's Weekly Fiction Special to get a feel for our audience.
Unfortunately, we can't offer criticism, but if your writing shows promise, we will contact you.

What we are 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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Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor,

Yes, Grace, you are welcome to send your story in. Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor, Woman's Weekly

grace

I'm 16, can I still send my story in?

LornaJones

Hello - whoops - I sent a story a few weeks back - following the old guidelines, if you reject based on this can I re-submit?

Prue

Will do :) Many thanks.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Prue. Answering your second message: What you can do is send us the story through the post and we can e-mail our reply back to you, if this helps. This goes for other writers abroad too. We can't accept e-mailed submissions simply because we receive so many hundreds of manuscripts. Happy writing!

Prue

Thanks for your speedy reply, Clare. As with Susan in California and Sally in Sth Africa, I live abroad and we do not have international reply coupons here. I was hoping for a similar dispensation to submit by email such as they received. Please ?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Prue. Unfortunately, as you will see in our writers' guidelines, we are unable to accept stories by e-mail. Good luck and best wishes.

Prue

Hi, I have a great short story for you, and many more in the pipeline that I know your readers will love ! I live in Singapore. Can I email the story over to you please ?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Susan. As we work so far in advance, you will need to send us your story as soon as possible - by post, please. Please mark your covering letter clearly, so that we can put it to the top of the pile! Hope this helps. Best wishes and good luck.

susan byrom

I have written a short story themed around the royal wedding which I'd like to submit to you. Obviously it's time sensitive - is it permissible to send it by eamil or is there anything I can do to draw your attention to my postal submission? I don't want to queue jump, but I wouldn't like to miss the boat if you did happen to like my story. Thank you.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Susan. As you are also living abroad this will be fine.

Susan Traugh

Like Sally from South Africa, I am finding it impossible to obtain an international reply coupon here in California. (The post office is telling me they've discontinued them because everyone is using e-mail.) Is it possible then, for me to mail my submission via e-mail? Or, can I send it with another form of return postage? Thank you, in advance, for your help in this matter.

Clare Cooper, Assistant Fictio

Hello, Sally. We understand the limitations and are happy in these circumstances to accept your submissions by e-mail. Thank you for your interest and good luck with your writing.

Sally Powrie

I understand about the fact that you only want hardcopy submissions of short stories, with an SAE. However, I live in South Africa, and trying to get hold of the required international reply coupons has become impossible here over the last few years. This obviously means that submitting to companies that require hardcopy has become impossible as well. Is there no exception possible in such a case?

clare cooper, Assistant Fictio

Reply to all recent enquiries: Apologies for the delay with your stories. It can take several months to get back to people, due to the very high volume of stories we receive. Non-fiction submissions should be addressed to the Features Dept at Woman's Weekly. More than one story can be sent at a time. We have spoken to Ms Reeves re her missing postcards! We prefer a SAE, but those stories sent without will still be considered, as long as you remember to include all your contact details. We cannot accept e-mailed submissions. Payment is discussed at the time of acceptance. For preferred lengths of stories, please refer to our Guidelines.

christine griffin

Hello can you help. I now have three stories submitted to WW submited on the following dates Aug 16th, Oct 8th and Nov 5th. All were submitted with stamped addressed envelopess. None has been returned. Is there any way of findinng out what has happenned to them. Thank you

Michelle Evans

Hi, just wondered if I want to send more than one story, should I send them separately? Many thanks.

Ms L J Reeves

Hi! I sent in a story some time ago with a stamped addressed postcard but received no acknowlegement and therefore sent another postcard about 2 weeks ago, but have still not received a reply. Can you advise, please.

Ruth

I have written a nonfiction article on divorce. Do you accept nonfiction submission? Thank you.

Susie Dann

I sent in a story 'A Spanish Lesson' on 24/8/10, but hadn't read your guidelines at that stage, and didn't enclose an SAE, but gave my name and address at the end of the story. Do you know if it's being considered?

Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor,

Hi Zoe, Yes, you can submit your story. We take stories from all ages. Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor, Woman's Weekly

Sheil Newton

If I wanted to enquire about a story that I sent in some 12 weeks ago, where would I email my enquiry?

Zoe

I am only 15 and would really like to submit my story. Do I have to be 16 in order to do this, or can you accept this?

Jay Cole

Stories of 1000 to 8000 words for Fiction Special is rather a broad scope. Surely it breaks down to more specific preferred lengths? How accurate does the wordcount need to be? Yes, I have read the magazine and I've even done a wordcount on some of the stories but I don't want to have to count all the words in all the stories. Can you help?

Kelly

I echo the previous user's comment: does either of the magazines pay for an accepted submission? I know most magazines don't pay very much but it would be interesting to know if you do too... Thank you.

Gaynor Davies

Yes, Jane. We do pay for stories and we discuss this at the time of acceptance. Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Jane

Do you pay for these stories?

Lisa Timmings

Thanks Clare, wow, that's taking the scenic route! I hope it gets there soon, I'll give it another week or so and then repost it. I don't suppose I can send it email?

MgtH

Clare, Thanks for locating my story. at least I know it reached its destination. Still no postcard but that doesn't matter now. Thanks. Mgt H.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello again. We've had a good look through all our manuscripts here and I'm afraid it's not amongst them, so it looks as though it hasn't reached us yet. Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Lisa. Sorry about that. We'll look into it and get back to you as soon as we can. Best wishes. Clare.

Lisa Timmings

Hi Clare, I posted off the story on the 4th May (from Australia) I sent an International Delivery Confirmation with it, not sure if that's the same as the reply coupon but that's what they gave me! I haven't received it back to say that my story has been received, is there any way you could check please? Thanks so much, Lisa.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello again. We have now located your story, but found no postcard attached. We are assuming it was lost in the post on its way back to you, so this message is just to let you know that we have your manuscript here and you will hear back from us in due course. I hope this helps and best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello! Sorry you've had to wait for our response. We normally send postcards back straight away. We will look into this and get back to you asap. Best wishes. Clare.

MgtH

How long do you have to wait for return of acknowledgement postcard? I forwarded a story just over 4 weeks ago and have heard nothing. I'm wondering whether the post arrived or whether to resubmit. Thanks. Mgt H

Joanne Finney

Hi E Lochrie, What was the story you submitted? Best wishes, Jo Finney Features Dept

E Lochrie

Could you advise me how long it takes to hear back about non-fiction submissions?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello! Yes, the story remains your copyright at all times. We buy First British Serial Rights, which means we must publish the story first and then, after a wait of 18 months, you are free to use your story elsewhere. Hope this helps. Clare.

MgtH

If a story is accepted does the copyright stay with the author?

Lisa Timmings

Hi Clare, I've posted off the story today (from Australia) I sent an International Delivery Confirmation with it, not sure if that's the same as the reply coupon but that's what they gave me! If that's not what you needed, could I please get confirmation by email? Thanks.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Bryony. Yes, we can accept a Christmas story at any time - in fact, we have already bought two this year, so it's never too early to send them in! Don't be put off by that, by the way - with two double issues of Woman's Weekly and a Fiction Special out at that time, there is always plenty of room for more Christmas/New Year stories. It's fine to use another name, too - several of our writers do this. Hope this helps and good luck! Best wishes. Clare.

Bryony

Hi, I wonder if you would accept a story with a Christmas theme? Also is it acceptable for me to use a Nom de plume? Thank you Bryony.

Lisa Timmings

Thanks Clare, I'll send it off next week.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Lisa. We can look at this as it stands, because, while it is too long for Woman's Weekly, it will be fine for Fiction Special, where we can be more flexible with the lengths. Good luck and best wishes. Clare.

Lisa Timmings

Hi, I have a story I'd like to submit that is 2609 words. What do I need to cut it to or lengthen it to before submitting? Thanks, Lisa.

Prue

Hi Clare, I have performed the surgery and the story is now in the good hands of the Singapore Post on its way to you. Happy Easter :)

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Prue. Your story is a bit of an awkward length for us - can you have a go at cutting it back to 1,000 words, please? (I know it's hard but it's all good practice!) Or, if you think the plot is strong enough, you can try increasing the wordage to 1800-2,000. Don't worry about sending the photograph at this stage. Good luck! Best wishes from a warm and sunny London. Clare.

Prue

Hi Clare, I hope you are enjoying my 3 part serial. I have a lovely SS for you - it's at 1383 words - shall I go to 2k or cut to 1k or no need? Anyway, I have a photo to go along with it - is that ok to send it too? What format do I send it in for posting ? Thanks, as ever, Prue in Singapore.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Jacki. I'm sorry you've had to wait so long to hear from us. We do have a backlog going back to October atm, due to the very high volume of stories we have received, but hopefully you will hear from us soon. Thank you for your patience! Best wishes. Clare.

Jacki Huntley

HI. I sent a story to you at the end of October 2010. I enclosed an SAE but as yet have heard nothing. What I don't want to do is to send it off to another magazine before I hear back from you, but I wondered how long I should wait - you state 16 weeks (4 months) on your guide lines and it's been over 5 months now. Thanks, Jacki Huntley (France)

LornaJones

Hello Clare - I thought I had the wrong length - but I have re-visited the old blog v new blog and submitted story and I am ok at 4000 words for the bi-monthly Fiction Special. Thank you for your reply and panic over. It is great that you read everything, very encouraging. Best wishes, Lorna

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Lorna. We read everything that comes into the office unless it's hand-written, and a rejection wouldn't necessarily be down to not following our Guidelines correctly - the story is the all-important thing! It depends what you mean - can you clarify, please?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Jacqui. We have found your story and will be in touch as soon as we can. Apologies for the long wait - we have been inundated with manuscripts this year! Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hi, Lisa. We're trying to track this down and will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks. Clare.

Jacqui P

Hi. I posted a 4,000 word story to you at the end of March (Amethyst Cloud) and haven't heard anything back yet. I've not had any problems with stories going astray before but there's always a first time and typically this was the one I forgot to enclose an acknowledgement postcard with. Can you please let me know whether it was received, and if so whether it's still under consideration? Thanks.

Lisa Timmings

Hi again, just wondering if my story has turned up yet? It was posted on the 4th May from Australia and was called *Moon Magic* I sent an International Delivery Confirmation with it. Thanks for your time, I realise you have many stories to keep track of.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, P White. We get this question a lot and the answer is, of course, that we will accept stories from anybody! It's the story that matters. If you prefer, you can use a pseudonym, as some of our male writers do but equally, some write under their own name, so it really is up to you. Hope this helps and good luck. Best wishes. Clare.

Lisa Timmings

Hi again, just wondering if this story has turned up yet? It was posted on the 4th May from Australia and was called *Moon Magic* Thanks for your time, I realise you have many stories to keep track of.

P White

This is probably a very, very silly question. Do you accept manuscripts from men?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Mary. Yes, we do pay, and this is discussed with the writer when we buy their story. Good luck! Clare.

Mary B C

Hello. Can you please advise if you pay the author to print their stories? Thanks.

Gaynor

Thanks for letting us know. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Mariya

I'm also looking for the guidelines.

Joanne Finney

Hi E Lochrie, Would you mind resending addressed to Joanne Finney?

E Lochrie

My submission was addressed to the Features Department. Do you have a standard return time for non-fiction submissions? It would be interesting to know as I may decide to send further articles. Would appreciate any information you can offer.

Joanne Finney

Hi E Lochrie, Who was your submission sent to? Best wishes, Joanne Finney (Featurres Department)

soneon

Sorry, found the guidelines - it does look like some of the links to the correct page are incorrect though so you may wish to get your web page designer to have a look! Thanks.

soneon

Hi, I came to this page to find out your submission guidelines but they don't seem to be here - it's just a competition page. Can you please tell me what to do to submit? Thanks. Sandra.

E Lochrie

Do you return non-fiction submissions? I sent an article 20/4 and was wondering when I could expect to hear.

Aine

Thank you Clare. I did state in my letter the situation with international reply coupons in Ireland and also gave my email address. I completely understand that you are snowed under with stories! Thank you for replying so quickly and clarifying the situation with submitting to your magazine from Ireland for me. I really enjoy Woman's Weekly Fiction Special and think it is a great publication.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Aine. We really do prefer writers to post their stories to us in the first instance and then, if necessary, we can e-mail our replies, if that helps - please mark this clearly on your covering letter, if it is what you would prefer us to do. Sorry about this, but we receive hundreds of unsolicited stories every week - if they were all e-mailed to us, we would be unable to do anything else! May stories are still being considered at this time, and hopefully you will hear from us soon. I hope this helps. Best wishes. Clare.

Aine

Hi Clare and Gaynor, I am based in Ireland. I submitted a 5000 word short story with a Hallowe'en theme on the 5th of May. I posted it to your London offices, without the inclusion of a SAE or international reply coupon, as reply coupons are not available to purchase in Ireland. From reading through the above comments, I'm prompted to ask, would I have been better to email you the story?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Eileen. Glad you enjoy the fiction. Yes, we hope so, too!! :) Happy reading! Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Pat. Thank you for your kind comments and we hope you continue to enjoy reading both magazines. Best wishes. Clare.

Eileen Thornton

Hello Gaynor and Clare, I enjoy reading WW, especially the fiction. I hope you continue to publish short stories. Cheers!

PatP

Hi, Clare and Gaynor As a reader and writer of short stories, it's great to see you here answering questions. I love the fact WW and the Fiction Specials haven't followed the celeb and true stories route and still produce 'balanced' magazines.

LornaJones

Hello Clare - I've not heard anything since my submission - I wonder if you are still clearing a backlog of stories or if I can re-submit if it has been lost? Kind regards, Lorna

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello! We always accept, and pay for, stories before publication, so you will be notified in advance, and a copy of the issue containing your story will be sent to you at the time of publication. I hope this helps and good luck. Best wishes. Clare.

gaelikaa

Hi Clare and Gaynor, I am Irish and living in India. I write short stories and I recently submitted one to you which was returned. I know now that it was the wrong length for you. Anyway, there is another one sent recently (which will hopefully fare better!). As you require manuscripts, I generally email my story and covering letter to my sister living in Ireland, so she can print the stories and send them on my behalf. I also use my Irish address for communication for the UK/Irl market. The problem is, my sister has run out of English stamps for SAE purposes, although she is trying to get some from any friend or relative visiting England in the near future. As International Reply Coupons appear to be extinct in Ireland, it's a real problem. I fully realize that you are inundated with submissions in a market which is flooded with writers and that asking for special treatment (i.e. email me personally in case of rejection) is probably not on. However, while I could send my story, without SAE, I will have no way of knowing whether my story is actually rejected or not. Perhaps you would email me if you accepted it, but I would have no idea time-wise whether my story was actually rejected. Obviously, the good thing about rejections is that at least the writer is free to submit the story elsewhere. Could you give me an idea if, in the case of an SAE-less submission, how long I should wait before re-submitting elsewhere? Or is there any other possible way? Please advise!

ECA

Hi, I recently sent off a manuscript and I was wondering what happens if it does get published? Will I be told in advance or will it just appear in the magazine? (I only sent a phone number and email address with the manuscript, not an address...)

PatP

Thanks, Clare The episode I sent last month is the right length. Phew!

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Pat. Sorry for the confusion. They are now 3,300 words per episode. Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello again. Yes, that's right. We are also looking for longer-length stories of anything up to 8,000 words. Good luck! Clare.

PatP

Hi, Clare and Gaynor On the guidelines sent with a recent email from WW it said the word count for serials is 3,300 words per episode. Is that right - or is it 3,800 as above? Thanks Best Pat

Owlhoot0

Thanks, Clare - so good lengths for Fiction Specials are 1000 and 1800?

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello! As I've said before, these are awkward lengths for us to place, even in the Fiction Special, but please rest assured we would never reject a story out of hand, or un-read. If the story itself is right for us, but the wrong length, we would contact you for re-working. No, we are not planning on dropping the fiction - this was a one-off, for reasons of space. Glad you like this page and I hope you will continue to enjoy reading the magazine. Good luck with your writing. Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Nelly. You don't need to say what type of story you are submitting at the time. if we like the story, we will buy it, and then decide where it's going to go - unless, of course, it's an extra-long one, in which case it will go straight into the Fiction Special. Stories of 1500 words are an awkward length for us to use, even in the Fiction Special, so if there is any way you can stretch it to 1800 words - or, indeed, cut it back to 1,000 words this would be better for us. You don't have to use your real name, and this can be explained in your covering letter, or on the story itself. We will, of course, need your full details somewhere, in case we buy your story! I hope this helps. Best wishes and good luck! Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Marilyn. Yes, the Guidelines are exactly the same. Sorry you've had no luck with us so far. You really do need to study the magazine, and our Fiction Special, to get a really good feel for our fiction, as I've said before. Good luck! Best wishes. Clare.

MarilynM

I have submitted various short stories, sadly without success so far. With each rejection there has been a standard letter saying that I can send for a copy of your guidelines. Are these guidelines different (i.e. more detailed) than the ones given on this webpage? Thanks. Marilyn

Nelly

Hi, please can you tell me if I need to say which type of story I am submitting for - short, serial of special, or do I leave it up to you to see where you feel it best fits? Like many others I ahve a 1500 word story I would like to send in, but not sure if it needs amending in length. Also, if I don't want to use my own name, do I mention this on the front sheet (with my details) or just submit the story under a pseudonym. Thanks for your time in replying, Nelly

Owlhoot0

Hi there. I regularly submit stories to you and sometimes these are "in-between" lengths, eg 1400 words. I was hoping they might be acceptable for your fiction specials as you only specify that stories should be between 1,000 and 8,000 for those but, after reading your reply to Prue back in April, I'm now wondering if you'll be able to consider them at all. One other question - I note that there is only one short story in the 30th August edition of WW and hope this isn't a new policy. I remember this happened a few years ago but you eventually reinstated the two stories plus serial due to reader demand. This forum is a great idea - it's usually really difficult for writers to get quick answers from magazines so thank you for being so approachable.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Yvonne. Yes, we do accept stories written from the male perspective and yes, we will accept stories set in any country! Hope this helps and good luck. Clare.

YvonneLynch

Hi, Do you accept short stories written from a male perspective even though it's about a regular hetrosexual relationship? Also, do you accept stories set in Ireland or would I need to relaocate them in Britain? Thanks for your time, Yvonne

FictionGirl

Thank you for your quick reply, this really does help. Many thanks

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Fiction Girl. In the magazine, you will see that there are no spaces between paragraphs. So long as we can read your story easily, ie using double-line spacing, it really doesn't matter too much at this stage. I hope this helps. Best wishes. Clare.

FictionGirl

This is probably a silly question but when submitting manuscripts do you prefer it if the paragraphs in the story have spaces between them? Does it matter? Many thanks

Clare Womans Weekly

Lisa, regarding this story, I have just replied to you today at your personal e-mail address. Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, P White again! It's fine to send all your stories together in one envelope, including all your details, of course. Re: the serials - they are a long, complete story, broken into three or four parts (please refer to our Guidelines for preferred lengths) with cliffhanger endings. Do take a look at the ones we already publish, to get a really good idea of what we're after. Hope this helps and good luck! Best wishes. Clare.

Babs Bainbridge

Hello Clare Wow this works. Thank you so much for your quick reply to my post. With so many magazines not excepting new writers or just not using fiction anymore, I am sure you have got a back log atm. Thanks again. Babs

P White

Me again! Firstly, thank you for the time you put in to answering all our questions! I've got a few more quickies (want to make sure I get it right). If I have more than one story to send is it best to send them all in the same envelope or as separate letters? Also, the 3 or 4 part serials. Do you require these to big one story broken up into 4 parts with cliff hanger endings or stand alone stories based around the same characters? again are these to be sent all at once? I really appreciate your patience! Thanks.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Babs. I'm sorry we didn't spot your sae. Your story is here, safe and sound, but we do have a backlog atm, so it will be a while before you hear back from us, I'm afraid. Thank you for your kind comments (in your original letter) about our Guidelines, by the way! With best wishes. Clare.

Babs Bainbridge

Hello Gaynor and Clare. Sorry to be a pain but I sent a story in to you last month around 28 June, with a stamped addressed envelope, so I could be informed that said story had arrived. I have not heard back yet should I be worried. The Story was called The Forget-me-not Blue Suit. I know it is holiday time etc. Babs Bainbridge

Gaynor Davies

Thank you for your message, Ashleigh. Sorry you're waiting to hear from us, but it does take us up to 4 months to reply to stories as we get so many in each week. You will hear from us in due course. Best wishes, Gaynor

Ashleigh E G Condon

Hi, I submitted a short story entitled "The Dog Lady" a couple of months ago now, and though I included a self-adressed and stamped envelope I haven't yet received a reply. Could you let me know if you received it? Many thanks, Ashleigh

Clare Womans Weekly

What a lovely daughter you have! No wonder you're so proud of her. Writing can be a great release and therapy for many, and it's brilliant that she feels able to express herself in this way. We will happily consider her stories but, of course, I can't promise we will be able to publish them. However, if they're not suitable for us, there may be another magazine out there that will take them - a teenage/young girls one, for example. I wish her lots of luck with her writing and look forward to hearing from her. With best wishes. Clare.

shar12

Hi, I wonder if you can help me please, my daughter Molly is 14 and is a remarkable young lady who writes such amazing short stories. I was wondering if I could send you one of her stories for you to publish as her imagination is fascinating and she writes from the heart. I have been very ill for the last 6 months and Molly has had to be mum to her younger brother, which has been very hard on her, but she finds by writing she can express the way she feels and of load any stress that can build up. To have a story publish in your magazine would be amazing for her and I would feel I have paid her back for being such an wonderful daughter but my best friend too. Many many thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Marilyn. We've had a good look around here and can't locate your stories, I'm afraid. Can you send them in again, with a covering note, and we will look at them straight away? Apologies you've had to wait so long, but there's always the possibility, of course, that they never arrived in the first place - this does sometimes happen. I'll look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes. Clare.

MarilynM

I know you have loads of stories submitted and that you always have a backlog to work through but I wonder if you could help please? At the end of May I sent three stories in one envelope together with an international reply coupon, but I haven't heard anything yet about any of them. The titles are "All my own work", "Tries hard, could do better" and "The Ring". Would it be possible to check if they were received please? Thank you. Marilyn Martin

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Donald. There's no age (or gender) limit to sending in a story. It's the story that counts!

Clare Womans Weekly

There's a very good reason you won't have seen that type of story on our pages, Barbara - it's not our market!

DonaldGreen

You can..do you think there is any age limit for sending a story. But you must remember that it should be meaningful.

Barbara Lorna Hudson

I'd like to know if a story that mentioned a sex offender and masturbation would be considered for WW. I've read several of your Fiction Specials and haven't seen any of this type. Could you kindly make your policy on this a bit clearer? Thanks Barbara Lorna Hudson

Clare Womans Weekly

We've got a bit of a backlog here, Pat, but hopefully will catch up soon. We've been inundated this year, which is a good thing! :)

PatP

Hi, Clare and Gaynor Oh, but it's quiet here. It was so good to see there'll be more Fiction Specials next year! Are you onto mss subbed in July yet? All best Pat

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Ailsa. As we've said before to other readers in your situation, this is fine to do if it helps you. Many thanks for your interest and good luck with your writing. Best wishes. Clare.

Ailsa

Hi, I live in Australia and am interested in submitting a short story manuscript. My three local post offices do not stock reply coupons as they say they are 'obsolete'. Is it possible for me to submit a manuscript by post to you and recieve a rejection/acceptance by email? (I would not require my manuscript to be returned). Cheers Ailsa

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Lori. Yes, we do need your full details, but you can just put them on the first page, if it helps you. Thank you for your interest and good luck! Clare.

Lori

Hi - The guidelines published in Jan this year say that we should put contact details on every page? Does this mean full details i e address, tel no and email? That will take up quite a bit of space on every page so would it be enough simply to put the full details on a front covering sheet and an email address on each page? Thank you. Lori

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Wilhelmina. It doesn't matter if they are slightly under (up to 100 words) but not over, please, or we will have to cut your precious copy!! I hope this helps and good luck. Clare.

Wilhelmina

Hi Clare, When it comes to the length of a short story, does it have to be exactly 1,000 or exactly 2,000 words, or do you accept stories that vary between these two lengths? I noticed in the Woman's Weekly that there seem to be short and really short stories, so I'd like to know how precise I should be. Thanks, Wilhelmina

Clare Womans Weekly

An inch or two is plenty, Jessh. Good luck!

Jessh

Hello, I read that one of your guidelines is for there to be a wide margin on the page. I am just wondering how wide this has to be? Thank you!

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello! Yes, it's fine to do this, if it helps you. Best wishes. Clare.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello, Jen. Sorry, you are too late with your idea - what a pity! We have to work six-eight weeks ahead, due to printing schedules, and are actually working on our 8th November Centenary issue this week. I'm sorry to disappoint you, and wish you good luck with your writing. Clare.

Flowerlady

Hope this isn't a daft question but here goes ... Is it OK to fold my A4 paper in half so that I can use a smaller envelope and save on postage?

JenCairns28

Hi Clare and Gaynor, I am a huge fan of WW and know that it is your 100th birthday on November 1st. With this in mind I have written a 3 part series focusing on 3 generations of woman from the same family, the 1st set in 1911, the 2nd set in 1951 and the final part set in 2011. However, I am worried I have left it too late to submit these for the relevant issues!? Can you advise please? Many thanks for all your hard work. Jen.

Clare Womans Weekly

Hello. Sorry for the delay in answering your query. We always reply to stories and, if there is no other possible way, we will e-mail our reply to you, although, as you point out, we can't do this for everyone as we receive several hundred stories a month. Please note that it can take up to four months for us to read and respond to stories. Good luck with your writing! Best wishes. Clare.

Gaynor Davies

Hi Julie-Ann. Regarding submissions that have been published online, we'd need to talk to you about where they've been and how many viewings they're likely to have had. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Letty Eisenhower

Do you guys accept horror (as long as it isn't too gory) or suspense?

Sherry Ratcliffe

Hi Gaynor, I have written quite a few stories for children; do you accept these for WW? If so, would it be just the short ones, or would you be interested in longer ones, perhaps to serialise?

Gaynor Davies

Hi Deirdre, 1,085 is acceptable for a 1,000 word story so long as you don't mind if we trim it, if we buy it and use it. Best wishes, Gaynor Davies Fiction Editor

Deirdre MacDonald

Is a word count of 1085 acceptable for the 1,000 stories please? ps Your site is excellent. Well done!

Pat Jeanne Davis

Will Woman's Weekly Fiction Special consider an historical short story of 3,500 words set in the WWII era? Thank you for a reply. Pat

Angela Watt

Hi and thank you for all the responses and help you provide to those wishing to submit stories. I would like to submit a story to your fiction magazine, but it does contain a violent argument at the start. I wondered if this is acceptable to your readership and would be grateful for your guidance. Many thanks, Angela

Debbie Rowe

Dear Gaynor, Can I confirm that a query letter should accompany a submission to Woman's Weekly? With thanks, Debbie Rowe

Diana Williams

Do you also accept non-fiction articles, and would the same rules apply for submitting copy?

Susan Howe

Hi. I submitted two short stories for consideration a month or so ago. Unfortunately I forgot to include the SAE for their return. I don't need them back, so would it be possible to let me know by email whether they have been accepted or rejected? My email address was on my covering letter. My stories were 'Family Favourites' and 'Never Too Late'. Many thanks, Susan Howe.

Julie-Ann Griffiths

Would you accept submissions that have been published online, (which have received no fee for publication)? thank you, Julie-Ann Corrigan

Gaynor Davies

Hi Joanne, A story of about 950 words would be acceptable. Sorry, but I'm not sure what you mean about a specific layout/format for multiple submissions. Best wishes, Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Joanne Gauntlett Mallon

Hi there, I'm very keen to submit some short stories to you, but have a question or two; Is it a minimum of 1000 words or is slightly shorter acceptable? & do you prefer a specific layout/format for multiple submissions? Many thanks for your time Joanne

Gaynor Davies

Yes, all stories in WW are paid for. The fee is agreed at the time of acceptance. Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

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Hi there, Do you receive any payment for stories that appear in WW?

Gaynor Davies

Hi Kath, No, it's never too early to submit a Christmas story! Best wishes, Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Frances, As you live abroad and cannot find reply coupons, we would be able to reply by e-mail. (Readers from the UK, please send as sae with your story!). Best wishes, Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Edith, Thanks for your query. Don't worry about titles. These can easily be changed by us and won't put us off a story. Good luck with your writing. Best wishes, Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Wilhelmina, I can understand your frustration but, unfortunately, we receive too many stories to comment on each one individually. I hope you continue to enjoy your writing and wish you good luck. Best wishes, Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor

Kathryn John

Hi, thanks once again for being so accessible! Is it ever too early to submit a Christmas story? Best wishes Kath

Frances Scholtz-Landsberg

Hi there. I live in South Africa and would love to submit short stories for both Woman's Weekly as well as your Fiction Special. What would you recommend if I am not able to find reply coupons? It wouldn't be important for my manuscripts to be returned. Please advise as I'm eager to submit as soon as possible. Thanks Frances

Edith Ronan

How important are titles? I'm not sure whether I should spend time trying to come up with a snappy title for each story, but I am worried a dull title might be off-putting. Do the editors sometimes advise a title change? many thanks, Edith.

Wilhelmina

Even though I realize your policy is not to comment on manuscripts, I wish I could receive at least an idea of the main objection when a story has been rejected. This could prevent me from sending numerous unsuccessful attempts in the future. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Gaynor Davies

Hi Diane, Yes, we're perfectly happy with stories written in the present tense. Look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Gaynor

Diane Simmons

Hi I was wondering if you are OK with stories that are written in the present tense? Thank-you. Diane

Pat Davis

Hello Gaynor, I'm a U.S. resident who submitted my story to the Fiction Special through the postal service while in the U.K. 4 mos. ago. :You indicated when I queried here that you'd like to see my historical short story set in WWII. I enclosed a SAE with sufficient postage for its return to the U.S. My story was titled Uprooted. Do you recall whether it came across your desk? If so, when may I expect a response from you. Thank you for a reply. Pat in Philadelphia

Gaynor

Hope you remember me!!! Have acquired an iPad and f ind it so easy to use and am back to my writing. Have two one thousand word stories ready for you but can't print off my iPad. Can I email them??? What's the correct address??? A very happy and successful new year to you all. Best wishes, Patricia Findel-Havwkins

Siobhan Lavery

Hi Gaynor, I sent in 6 stories back in September and have not received any confirmation, despite adding a SAE for confirmation. I feel quite sad now that I have stopped writing for all this time awaiting your response... and nothing. They were all sent together, and each had a twist. One of them was entitled Waiting for the No. 12. Any ideas what's happened to them?? :-( Siobhan x

Helen

Hello Please could you tell me how much you receive if you get a story published. Regards Helen

Loobs39

Hello Gaynor I submitted a story around the end of August this year and my 'confirmation of delivery' card arrived a couple of weeks later. I have heard nothing since and wondered if the story had been misplaced? and if I should send in a story that I have written since or wait for possible feedback on the first one? The one I sent in August is called The Diner. I look forward to hearing from you Kind regards Laura Ingham

Tara Bell Hallimond

Hi, I sent a short story to womens weekly in May and received my sae back advising that the story was received on 21.5.12. I have not yet heard anything back. The story was called "here comes the bride", do I need to resend it or has it been rejected? many thanks in advance, Tara

Carolynn Rayment

Dear Gaynor, I submitted a manuscript about 5 weeks ago. The postcard was returned to confirm receipt. Are all stories read, and if it is rejected will I be informed? Thank you Carolynn Rayment

Gaynor Davies

Hi Lisa, Yes, we do accept ghost stories - in fact, we have a very spooky serial coming up in November! Look forward to hearing from you. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Lisa Plowman

Hello Gaynor, Do you accept Ghost stories? As that is my particular genre, but if not I will work on something else that is more suitable and appropriate for your magazine. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Lisa.

Gaynor Davies

Hi, we always reply to stories whether they are accepted or rejected, so it would be best to resubmit it please, as it appears it may have got lost in the post. Thank you. Gaynor

Siobhan Lavery

Also added text to the original story "Waiting for the no. 12" so that now contains 2000 words. Will resend that tomorrow.

Siobhan Lavery

Oh my goodness, that's coming with a third story. :-D x

Siobhan Lavery

Wow, just written my second story! Really on a roll now and loving writing stories with a twist. Thankfully managed to get this one to 2000 words. Will post out on Tuesday and await possible approval with baited breath!

S Weatherall

Hello Gaynor I submitted a story over 16 weeks ago. Fairly sure I included all coupons and information, can you tell me if you recall coming across a short story titled 'the vow.' Not sure if I should resubmit or just assume it has been rejected.

Siobhan Lavery

Hello again Gaynor, thank you for your reply. I fully appreciate your point regarding the length of the story but, as I say in my accompanying letter, I was afraid of losing the impact of the story by adding too much additional detail. I would, however, gladly make additions should you feel this necessary in order to be accepted for print. I'm sending it today, so whenever you get chance to read it, I await your response. Siobhan

Gaynor Davies

Hi Siobhan, well done for writing a story that popped into your head! 1,450 words is a bit of an awkward length but why not post it to us and if we like it we can work with you on it. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Siobhan Lavery

Just read a few more of the comments and now know that you will discuss payment if you consider the story to be acceptable! I'll send it in and keep my fingers crossed. :-D

Siobhan Lavery

Hi Gaynor, I have just written a story that came into my head last night. It has 1450 words. What is the rate for accepted submissions? I'd be interested in sending in my story as this is the first one I have written. Kind regards, Siobhan

Gaynor Davies

Hi Letty, We don't accept the horror genre as a rule but suspense is welcome. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Sherry, Sorry, Woman's Weekly doesn't print stories aimed at children. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Pat, Yes, Fiction Special would be pleased to consider a story of this type. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Angela, It really depends how it's handled, Angela. If you post us your story, we'll be able to let you know. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Debbie, We just need a brief covering letter giving your contact details. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Diana, for Features queries, please contact Helena at helena_duk@ipcmedia.com Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Susan, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Please let me know if you ever heard back about these stories. Gaynor, Fiction Editor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Anna, thank you for your enquiry. Yes, we publish stories from overseas readers. Please note from our guidelines (above) that we can't unfortunately accept them via email. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Sandra, thanks for your query. Payment is by negotiation when we agree to buy your story. Best wishes, Gaynor

Sandra Slack

Hi there. I'm just wondering how much you pay for stories. I am a budding novellist but could do with another source of income to fill in the gaps between the larger works. Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but I can't find any mention of it. Thanks

Gaynor Davies

Thanks, Maureen. Best of luck. Gaynor

Maureen Jeffs

Thanks for the answer Gaynor. My story, Murphy, is now around 1800 words and has been posted to you today.

Anna M Stott

Hello Gaynor, Do you publish American writers? I love reading and writing short fiction. I subscribe to magazines to read and enjoy the short stories and then I want to try and write one and submt it to the magazine. I am not a rich person and cannot subcribe to every magazine I would like to. Hence, my above question. It would be silly for me subscribe to your magazine if there was no chance of ever being published. Best, Anna

Gaynor Davies

Hi Jenny, If you can weave in another 50 words without spoiling the story, then that would be better. Thank you. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Maureen, yes, that length is acceptable - 1,800 words is better, but we can still work with 1,700. Look forward to hearing from you. Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Flora, please email maureen_street@ipcmedia.com with full details. Gaynor

Maureen Jeffs

Hi Gaynor, Is a story of approx 1700 words acceptable for the Fiction Special. Maureen

Flora

Hi, I posted a story to you in November and reading through your guidelines now have realised i didn't send a s.a.e with it for acknowledgement of it's delivery. The title was 'Beauty'. Is there any way to check it has been recieved? Thank you.

Jenny

I have written a story but it has a word count of 850 words. Is this acceptable or should I lengthen it? Thankyou.

Gaynor Davies

Hi Pat, you should have heard back from us by now. Can you please email maureen_street@ipcmedia.com and explain what has happened and we will sort this out for you. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Helen, thank you for your enquiry. Payment is by negotiation when we accept the story. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Patricia, lovely to have you back with us and congratulations on your recent success with WW. Look forward to hearing from you again. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Carolynn. You should have heard back from us by now. All stories are read and we reply to them all to say whether it's a 'yes' or 'no'. Our reply appears to have been lost in the post. You are welcome to send in your story again. Please mark clearly on your covering letter that it is a resubmission. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Tara, I'm sorry you haven't heard back from us. We reply to all stories within 4 months so our reply must have got lost in the post. Please do resend it, clearly marking that you are resubmitting 'Here comes the bride'. Thank you. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Laura, I'm sorry you haven't heard back from us. Our reply to The Diner must have got lost in the post as we always reply within 4 months. Would you mind posting it again, and do add your new story to it. Please clearly mark on your covering letter that you are re-subitting The Diner. Thank you. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Suzy, you should definitely have heard from us by now. It takes us up to 4 months to get back to people who have submitted stories so I think your story must be lost in the post - we do reply to all stories. If you would like to send your story in again, clearly marking on your covering letter that it's a resubmission, we'll read it as soon as possible. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Siobhan, sorry we've not been back to you. We've had some technical problems. I've now replied to your query. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Ann, I'm sorry you're still waiting to hear from us. It does take us up to four months to respond to stories as we receive so many but you should hear from us soon. Thank you for your patience. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Siobhan, I'm sorry to hear you've been waiting all this time to receive a reply. It does take us up to 4 months to get back to people who submit stories, but as you have waited so long, it would seem your stories have been lost in the post. If you would like to submit your stories again, clearly marking in a covering letter that you are sending duplicates, we will get back to you as soon as possible. Best wishes, Gaynor

Ann Leo

Hello Gaynor I submitted a story about three months ago and am worried that you may not have received it. I did ask at my local post office about international coupons and it was like I had asked about green shield stamps. The post office attendant informed me that they were no longer in use. I suppose all I can do is wait it out and keep my fingers crossed. I Kindest regards Ann Leo Cork Ireland

suzy

It seems not. If it is any consolation, I too am awaiting a response to a story I sent in at the end of August. There must be a backlog. If you hear back from them, do let us know and good luck with your writing.

Siobhan Lavery

Does anyone actually check these messages? :-(

michelle rutter

was my message deleted? i just wondered if you got paid if woman weekly accepted the story?

Michelle Rutter

Hi it may seem like a stupid question but i am unsure. do you get paid for stories you send in? kind regards

Flora

Hi again Gaynor, I've emailed Maureen at this address twice now but haven't recieved any response.

Deborah Connolly

Hi Gaynor Yes thank you. Just waiting on the stories I submitted on 26th Sept and 2 November. I have e-mailed Maureen. Best wishes Deborah

Gaynor Davies

Please see my reply above, Helen. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Helen, yes we accept stories all year round and yes, 2,000 words is acceptable. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Sheila, yes we welcome crime stories so long as they are not too gruesome! Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

We prefer stories to be either 1,000 or 2,000 words long. It's hard to fit the in between lengths in but occasionally we can do this. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Deborah, You should have heard back from Maureen by now. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Sarah, I'm afraid we have no stories in the office going back that far so they appear to have been lost in the post on their way back to you. If you would like to resubmit them, clearly marking that they were first submitted in August, we will deal with them as soon as possible. Best wishes, Gaynor

Gaynor Davies

Hi Carol, thank you for your query. I'm afraid we receive so many stories every month that it just wouldn't be practical for us to accept them via email. Sorry about that. Best wishes, Gaynor

Deborah Connolly

Thanks Sarah. That would make sense. It would be nice to know they have been considered even if rejected! I hope however that you get a thumbs up soon. Deborah

Sarah

Hi Deborah, I am guessing that the replies were lost in the post (Gaynor has suggested this in some of her other replies) as I have received a rejection from one sent after the ones I am querying about which seems a bit odd unless they are lost :-( Hopefully we will find out soon! Sarah

Deborah Connolly

Hi Sarah I haven't heard anything either. I have e-mailed Maureen as per Gaynor's advice to one of the messages. Haven't heard back. Any advice now gratefully received! Deborah

Sarah

Hello, I submitted two stories in August and received back the sae stating they had been received, but have not heard anymore. What would be best to do in this instance? Thanks, Sarah

Helen

Hallo Gaynor My question seems to have disappeared from the list! Are you accepting submissions from new writers and is 2000 words acceptable? Many thanks.

Helen

Hallo Gaynor I'm a little confused about whether you're currently accepting stories from new writers. Is 2000 words acceptable? Many thanks.

carol ord

Hi, wouldnt emailing be an easier way to receive stories? Is there a reason why they can't be sent via email?

Deborah Connolly

Hi Gaynor Over 5 months ago, I started submitting stories to Woman's Weekly and I haven't heard anything. I have sent off 10 which were definitely received in the WW office because I got my postcards back confirming receipt. It is possible they have been lost, but I can't get an answer from anyone by email, phone and currently this website. I have a couple more stories but I am not sure how to proceed. Best wishes Deborah Connolly

Sandy Bruce

Hello. In the advice you say that stories should be between 1 and 2 thousand words but there seems to be an issue about a story which is more or less in the middle of these two lengths. Is it more realistic to say that you prefer stories to be either 1000 or 2000 words long?

R.L Tighe

Oops sent this twice as couldn't see my comment the first time, just realised also that the question has already been answered below.

R.L Tighe

Hi there Could someone please advise me where I can access information regarding pay rates. Many Thanks

Deborah Connolly

Hi Gaynor I have sent off 12 stories in 3 lots of 4 starting on the 18th of September and although I received confirmation they were all received, I haven't heard anything since. I have another 2 that are ready but am not sure what to do now. Can you help?

Sheila Hannah

Hi Gaynor My writing name is Mary for magazines and a published author last year. I plan to write a story for the Woman's Weekly Fiction magazine and maybe a ghost story or romanitc one. I live in Lancashire and love to write creative writing my hobby. What about crime stories? Sheila :) sheila_m_hannah@hotmail.com

Anna M Stott

Thank you for your quick response, Gaynor. I appreciate it very much. Best to you also, Anna

Rosalind

Do you take poetry?

Charlotte

Hi Editor I sent a short story through to you from NZ and have heard no reply. That was twelve months ago. How do I find out what happened to it? I paid a fair bit to post it, along with reply paid vouchers. Not to mention all the effort I put into writing and editing. Is their an email I can write to about it?

Helen Rolfe

Dear Editor, I would like to write and submit a story...I live in Sydney, Australia. Am I able to purchase international reply coupons so that you would be able to send me confirmation of receipt? And if you decide not to use the story, is the work returned to myself or destroyed? Kind regards, Helen.

Rosia

Hello, I am considering sending you some stories and I would like to make sure that I understand what you mean by "double line spacing". Does that mean also double spacing between the letters (characters), or just between the lines? How should I set off the paragraphs? I use Word for typing my stories, and usually leave 3 blank spaces at the beginning of the fitst line of each paragraph. Are standard Word 2.5 cm margins all right? Thank you for re.

Pamela Wallbridge

Hi Gaynor, Have just received back my manuscript for 'The Watch'. I have read the guidelines regarding word count but I was wondering what would be the optimum size in order to be considered for publishing in the Fiction Special. My story was 3728 words long, but I have others of all different lengths, and would rather send in one that is the most suitable for the magazine. Many thanks, Pamela Wallbridge

Sonya Dodd

I sent three short stories to you on 22nd May (18 weeks ago) for the attention of Clare Cooper at IPC. I haven't heard anything or had my stories returned. Please could you let me know whether there is any progress with my submissions. Sonya C. Dodd sonyadodd@btinternet.com

Chrissie Honour

Hi Gaynor Regarding the serials in parts - is the 3300 word direction for each part absolute or is there any room for variation? In my case, first part is 4142 and the other two parts are equally divided at approx 3450 each. Please advise! Many thanks. Chrissie Honour

foxylady

My message seems to have vanished...???

mrsrabbit

would you consider fiction involving dilemmas facing grandparents/stepgrandparents?

Karen

In your current WW Fiction Special, Gaynor mentions workshops in Manchester... Can you direct me to info about these, please? Thank you. K

minna

Hi there, my name is Minna and live in South Africa.. I would love to send in some of the stories I have written - please can you tell me what an international reply coupon is. Thank you, look forward to your reply.

Mari

How much does your magazine pay for an article you publish. I am unable to find any info on this...apologies if it is posted somewhere and I missed it.

R Mills

Do you accept seasonal short stories?

Jo Payne

You once bought a story from me for the fiction special (A Married Man by Joanna Hill) but that was in 2004! I still have the edition with my story in it, and I am still proud of it. It was Clare Cooper I spoke too, all that time ago, and she even said if I wrote more then I should send them in. I so wish I had done this, but life and jobs and bringing up children, simply got in the way. Now my children are grown up and I am writing again, and will be submitting more stories. I just wondered, in my covering letter, whether to mention that one of my stories has already been published in WW, or is that completely irrelevant? Thanks, Jo

Aliss Langridge

Hi, I sent in a story called 'Sister' while ago but haven't heard anything. Did it get there?

Aliss Langridge

Hi, I sent in a short story 'Sister' under a pseudonym but I haven't heard anything? Is there any news regarding this?

Aliss Langridge

Hi I sent in a short story a while ago now and have not heard anything either way. It is called 'Sister' and I used the pseudonym 'Alice Mellors.' Will I hear anything about this soon?

Ruth

I posted a short story to the Fiction Department on 29th April. I included a s/e envelope for acknowledgement of receipt. Not heard anything as of today (17th May). How can I check it has arrived?

lauren

where can i read any of the fiction, short stories. I don't see any links. thanks

Steve Clark

Thanks for your prompt response to my enquiry regarding fiction guidelines. Hope to be in touch soon.

mel

how do I go about putting a lost physic story for my cat in magazine cat has been missing 4 months and I would love help finding him.

Mandywhit

Hi Hayley, Thanks for your reply; whilst waiting I managed to get it down to exactly 1000; sort of focuses the mind!

hayley

I would aim for between +/- 50 words either way. I have sold WW stories of those lengths and they have sometimes been edited a bit but have still been accepted. I understand that under is usually easier for them than over.

hayley

As WW haven't replied yet, if you look down the comments you will see that all accepted stories are paid for and the rates are discussed at time of acceptance.

mandywhit

Hi Gaynor, Sorry you must be sick of this question. You say stories need to be 1000 or 2000 words, sorry but how exact does that have to be, is say 100 either way acceptable or does it have to be within say 10 words? Thanks, Mandy

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