Writing For Women’s Magazines

I’m (slowly) building up this database of official guidelines and websites, blog posts and other links I feel may be of use to those wishing to write for women’s magazines.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for improvement, please make them on the Womagwriter blog – either as a reply to the monthly ‘over to you’ posts, a post about that subject, or just the most recent posting. That blog is also where you’ll find the most comprehensive information for all womags.

Although I’ll do my best to keep this information accurate, I VERY STRONGLY advise you to refer to the official guidelines and read a couple of issues of the magazine in question before submitting.

The People’s Friend

& Associated specials

Womagwriter posts about The People’s Friend

Posts on this site

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,000 – 9,000

Paying market? Yes

 

Take a Break

& Associated specials

& Fiction Feast

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range – 700 – 2,500

Paying market? Yes

 

Allas

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,000 – 1,500

Paying market? Yes

Woman’s Way (Ireland)

Womagwriter posts.

Posts on this site

Official website

Official guidelines. None found.

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes.

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? No

 

My Weekly

& My Weekly Annual

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No.

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – varies. Regular contributors will be notified by email.

Paying market? Yes

 

Ireland’s Own

& Associated specials

Posts on this site

Womagwriter posts about Ireland’s Own

Official Website

Official guidelines. None found, but submissions are mentioned here.

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 2,000 for adult stories. 800 for children’s

Paying market? Yes

 

Woman’s Weekly

& Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range – 700 – 3,000

Paying market? Yes

 

Yours

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 1,500

Paying market? Yes

 

Yours Fiction

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –  500 – 3,000

Paying market? Yes

 

You (South Africa)

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Approx word count range – 1,500

Paying market? Yes

 

That’s Life (Australia)

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

 

Woman’s World (USA)

Womagwriter posts

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 600 & 800

Paying market? Yes (high pay)

 

Best

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? Unknown

Approx word count range –

Paying market?

 

Love Sunday

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? No, but will mention your book if you ask, and IF they don’t ‘forget’.

 

Spirit and Destiny

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

 

Allers (Finland)

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? No

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Possibly, but also re-use stories bought by sister magazine Allas (as allowed for in the contract).

 

Your Cat

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes

 

Prima

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official website

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes – in the form of competition entries.

Takes all rights? Yes

Approx word count range – 800

Paying market? Yes

 

 

My Weekly Pocket Novels

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range – 50,000

Paying market? Yes, but relatively low for the word count

 

The People’s Friend Pocket Novels

Womagwriter posts

Posts on this site

Official guidelines

Accepts unsolicited submissions? Yes

Takes all rights? No

Approx word count range –

Paying market? Yes, but relatively low for the word count.

 

ISSN’s

Why you need them, a list of those I know of, and how to find the rest.

 

Glossary

Word counts – Where given, these are a rough guide only. Some magazines will accept any word could within the specified range, other will have more precise requirements. Before submitting, please check with the official guidelines if there are any, or the latest Womagwriter posts for that magazine if none are published.

Guidelines – The rules you must follow in order for your work to have any chance of success.

Unsolicited submissions – anyone my submit work, even if they’ve not been previously published and don’t feature on any editors’ list.

All rights – If you give up all your rights, the story is no longer yours. You can’t use it in any way ever again. You can’t earn from it ever again. Whoever acquires all your rights can do whatever they wish with it, including changing anything including the authors name, selling it on, making it into a film or audio book.

I VERY STRONGLY urge all writers NOT to give up all rights. Further information can be found here.