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.
Here at Woman’s Weekly Fiction Department we love to hear from you and receive short story submissions for both our weekly magazines and Fiction Monthly specials. If you are a published writer, an aspiring writer or just love writing in your spare time, do get in touch.
What We Are Looking For:
For the weekly magazine:
- Short stories of 1,000 and 2,000 words
- Serials in 4 or 5 parts of 3,400 words each
For Fiction Special (20 stories 12 times a year):
- Stories of 1,000, 2,000 and between 2,000 and 8,000 words
Our Guidelines and Tips:
We can only accept your stories by post, not by email. Please submit your typed story with double line spacing on one side of the paper only and wide margins.
Please 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 and an SAE in case we have to return your manuscript. If sending stories from abroad, please enclose an international reply coupon.
It can take some time for manuscripts to be considered, and we’re unable to enter into any correspondence by email.
We can’t offer feedback, but if your writing shows promise, we will contact you.
Please send your short stories (with word count) to:
Emma Shacklock, Fiction Writing Coordinator
161 Marsh Wall
We look forward to reading your stories!