womans-weekly-fictionWoman’s Weekly Fiction Department regret that, because of recent restructuring, we are having to suspend the acceptance of unsolicited short stories for the time being. Keep an eye out for future postings about this.

We regret we can’t accept stories by e-mail. 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.

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.

NOTE: Please don’t give away the plot of your short story in your covering letter.

Fiction Editor Gaynor Davies explains what we are looking for…

For Woman’s Weekly magazine:

Short stories of 1,000 and 2,000 words
Serials in in 3, 4 or 5 parts of 3,300 words each


For Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special (20 stories 12 times a year):

Stories of 1,000 to 8,000 words


    • 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 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 e-mail.


Please send stories/serials to:
Fiction Department
Woman’s Weekly
Time Inc (UK)
161 Marsh Wall
E14 9AP

Why not join one of our fiction workshops?

  • Martin Badger

    Why would anyone want their manuscript returned? Everyone keeps copies so why would anyone need something that has been through the post twice and will certainly be crumpled?