Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Free book and a womag-writer on TV

Patsy Collins's novel, Escape to the Country, is free to download today and tomorrow. It's great isn't it - all these free books to fill up your Kindle for nothing!

And unfortunately I was out on Monday and unable to blog this then, but womag-writer Douglas McPherson (aka Julia Douglas) who many will also know from his articles in Writers' Forum, was on TV talking about circus animals, something he researched in detail for his latest book. The programme is still available on iPlayer here.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Submissions quick reference

Here's a list, just for Kathryn but I'll allow my other blog readers to use it too ;-) of the magazine addresses/email addresses for submissions. There are quite a few posts for some of the magazines on this blog now, and the submission addresses are becoming buried. If you're new to womag writing, please also refer to the main magazine guidelines for lengths and current requirements under the relevant link on this blog, but for a speedy look-up, refer to this post.

My Weekly: Please send stories by email to or by post to: The Commissioning Fiction Editor, My Weekly, D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd., 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL. NB Only submit to My Weekly if you've already been published by them.

Take A Break & Fiction Feast: Submit by post only to Norah McGrath, Fiction Editor, Fiction Feast, 24-28 Oval Road, London NW1 7DT.

People's Friend: Submit by post to The People’s Friend, D.C.Thomson & Co., Ltd., 80 Kingsway East, Dundee, DD4 8SL. Phone: 01382 462276. 
Email (for queries only, not submissions) 

The Weekly News: E-mail only, to

Woman's Weekly: By post to Fiction Department, Woman’s Weekly, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SU. NB If they've bought something from you, you're allowed to submit by email. You'll have the relevant email so I won't put it here!  

Yours: By post to Short Stories, Yours Magazine, Bauer Media, Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Peterborough, PE2 6EA  Or by email to: (Subject: Short Story Submission)

Ireland's Own: Email:
Or by post to:  Ireland’s Own, Channing House, Rowe Street, Wexford, Ireland.

That's Life (Australia): Email submissions to

You (South Africa): Email:
Or by post to YOU, PO Box 7167, Roggebaai 8012 marked for the attention of C van Zyl.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

And ANOTHER market for shorter novels!

My Weekly Pocket Novels are returning, to sit on the shelves alongside (not instead of) the new Easy Reads we were all talking about a month or two ago. This is by popular demand, it seems, so there certainly seems to be an appetite for these little books.

Sally Q's blog has all the details and the guidelines - here. It's the same email address and editor for both MW Pocket novels and Easy Reads, so if you're not sure which imprint your book suits, don't fret, send it off and let Maggie decide.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Bits and pieces

1.  If you're into  writing children's stories, check out the latest Walker Books/Mumsnet competition which closes on 30th November. Details here.

2.  I posted calls for submission some time back from Writers Abroad, who were putting together a charity anthology of work by ex-pat writers. Foreign Encounters has now been published, and is available to buy here. Proceeds go to Books Abroad, a charity dedicated to getting free books into schools around the world.

3.  A new short story competition launches on Monday - the Sophie King prize. This one is specifically looking for writers of romantic short stories, it's free to enter and you have until January 10th.

4.  Finally, a little plug for a book by a fellow womag writer - this should appeal to anyone who likes country music. Douglas McPherson has published his novel Nashville Cinderella which is available for Kindle here and itunes here.

5.  And finally finally, if I'm plugging Douglas's book I really ought to plug Della Galton's books too - she has been publishing her short stories in collections of five for Kindle, under the series title Daily Della. Here's a link to Love on the Rocks. They're perfect to download to your Kindle for reading in any spare minute. (The latest publication is A Perfect Murder - a collection of twist-ending stories and is currently FREE to download!)

The Yellow Room

Take a look at the updated website for The Yellow Room magazine. Its editor and publisher, Jo Derrick, has updated the submission guidelines, added details of the latest competition (closing date 31st March 2013, top prize £100), and you can now order and pay for the latest issue online.

This is a great little independent literary magazine, run on a shoestring budget by someone who is passionate about good writing. Send them your more literary or quirky stories, which maybe aren't suitable for the womags. There are sample stories on the website so you can see what sort of thing wins Yellow Room competitions.