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Woman’s Weekly Fiction Submission Guidelines

womans-weekly-fictionIf you are interested in submitting fiction to Woman’s Weekly, please read the following guidelines.

Woman’s Weekly Fiction submission guidelines

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), Blue Fin Building,

110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU.

Why not join one of our fiction workshops?


  1. Maureen McGrath says:

    Hello, do you consider or print real life experiences written in humorous short story form or do the submissions have to be purely fictional? Thank you.

    1. Dear Maureen,
      From having attended one of Woman’s Weekly’s fantastic workshops, it is fine to use life experience in short stories, as long as it rings true and is believable to the reader. Unfortunately some of our real life experiences can be quite unbelievable. For instance, on one occasion I left for work in my slippers, stopping off to buy a pair of shoes on route, only to find I’d been sold two left feet. I waddled around all day like a duck. Even though this event made me laugh out loud, when I tried to fit it into a short story it didn’t quite have the same effect. It wasn’t believable. Nevertheless, writers are led by their own life experiences and can effectively weave true events into a story. Wishing you all the best with your short story, Nicola.

  2. says:

    No one says what the pay rate is for a story. Is it per page, per story, per series and what are the rates? Thanks. I have several choices already but I need to know where I place my submissions and enjoy WW, any advice?

    Thanks, KP

    1. Freddie Patmore says:

      Hello KP – if you could please e-mail us we can pass your question on to the fiction team. Thanks so much.

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