I’ve found a new market for my short stories – well, new to me, but I suspect many of you are already familiar with the US magazine Woman’s World.
Remuneration is good if you can write to their very specific
requirements. I definitely intend to have a go at it.
You might want to have a look at Kate Willoughby’s blog here She reviews a story each week, breaking down the content and examining exactly why the story was chosen.
She says, “I’ve sold nine romance stories to Woman’s World magazine at a success rate of about 30%. This blog is intended to help others sell to them too.
“Every week I analyse the romance stories and post my observations and opinions. I think you’ll get the most out of it if you have a copy of the story to refer to, but people outside of the U.S. have told me that they still find the blog helpful even though they can’t get the magazine where they live.”
Here are the guidelines for anyone interested:
‘WOMAN’S WORLD FICTION’ GUIDELINES:
We buy contemporary romances of 800 words. Stories must revolve around a compelling, true-to-life relationship dilemma; may feature either a female or male protagonist; and may be written in either the first or third person. Characters may be married, single, divorced or widowed; should be down-to-earth (no yuppies or jet-setters); and their dilemma should be poignantly or humorously conveyed. Please think carefully about a story’s setting, mood and plot, and tell the story with interesting action and dialogue. (Every sentence, paragraph, and scene of the story should deliver more information about your characters and their situation and/or briskly advance the storyline).
We are not interested in stories involving life-or-death matters, nor are we interested in fluffy, flyaway-style romance. When we say romance, what we really mean is relationship–whether it’s just beginning or is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The emphasis in our stories is on real life-which is why we do not buy science fiction, fantasy or historical romance.
We pay $800 per romance and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.
Mini mystery guidelines:
We purchase short “solve-it-yourself” mysteries of 700 words–a count that includes the narrative and the solution. Stories should be cleverly plotted, entertaining cliffhangers that end with a challenge to the reader to figure out whodunnit or howdunnit. The solution to the mystery is provided in a separate box.
Robbery, burglary, fraud and murder are acceptable subjects, but spare the readers any gory details or excessive violence, please! We are also not interested in ghost stories, science fiction or fantasy.
We pay $500 per mystery and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced in legible size type.
Where to send manuscripts: Fiction Editor, Woman’s World, 270 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Indicate Mini Mystery or Romance on the envelope.
How to send manuscripts: (1) You must include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to receive a reply. Manuscripts not accompanied by a SASE will be discarded. Note: A #10 SASE is necessary not just for a response, but for your contract if we purchase your story.
(2) Please DO NOT fax or e-mail manuscripts–because such submissions do not include SASEs, we have no means of responding to your submission.
Get to know us: Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with our romances and mini mysteries before submitting your work.
Be patient: Because we receive a tremendous volume of manuscripts, our turnaround time may range from one to six months. If you still have not heard from us after that time, feel free to re-submit your manuscript. Please do not call or write us to inquire about a manuscript’s status.