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Final Call For Limericks

July 27th, 2018

Thanks to Colin for last week’s blog. I’ve always loved the film ‘True Grit’ – particularly the old one with John Wayne. I think the post might even tempt me to go ahead and read the book now!

So that it doesn’t get overlooked, I’ll mention right at the start that our Limerick Competition will be closing on 31st July, so you’ve only a few days left to enter. The winner will receive £100 and a Writers Bureau course of their choice. Two runners up will each receive £50 and a year’s subscription to The Association of Freelance Writers.

I tend to go on about poems, books, and literary competitions of various kinds, but suspect that I often say less about the theatre. So this week I’ll try to make amends by introducing the Traverse Theatre who are currently accepting script submissions. They say:

“As Scotland’s only theatre wholly dedicated to new writing, we strive to discover, nurture and produce the brightest new voices across Scotland, the UK and Ireland.

Open Submissions connects us with new work and new writers; it is the first step of a creative and fruitful journey from page to stage.

We are open to new, innovative ideas, and we would like to hear from all writers with a bold and brilliant story to tell. A story that could only be told on the Traverse stages.

We particularly encourage submissions from voices and communities which are under-represented in theatre – both onstage and off.

Provoke us, entice us, move us and tell us your story. Submissions will be open from 1 August to 30 September 2018.”

I was doing some research to update parts of our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course recently and it suddenly dawned on me how few traditional outlets there now appear to be for women’s short fiction. There are competitions (but you often have to pay to enter) and lots of websites and e-zines but they all seem to want something a little edgier or more ‘alternative’ (and few pay). So, if you like to writer (and read) women’s fiction, where do you turn?

One market that doesn’t seem to have altered is Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. In their submission guidelines they say:

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.

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.”

The weekly magazine is looking for short stories of 1000 and 2000 words plus serials in 4 or 5 parts of 3,400 words each.

The Fiction Special (publishing 20 stories 12 times a year) requires stories of 1000 words, 2000 words and between 2000 and 8000 words.

They only accept stories by post, not by email, submitted with double line spacing on one side of the paper only and with wide margins. Each page should be numbered, with your name at the top. If you click on the earlier link you will find the address to use included on their submissions page.

My guest next week is Sally Jenkins, who was a Writers Bureau student some years ago. Her second psychological thriller, The Promise, was published in January of this year by The Book Guild and her first, Bedsit Three, won a self-publishing package in a competition. From her own experience of the genre she’ll be giving you five top tips for writing psychological thrillers.

Author: Diana Nadin

 

 

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