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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Question re: My Weekly

Just a quick question. Has anyone had the new My Weekly submission guidelines yet? Are they out? The ones I have expired on 31st August.I did send an email requesting the new guidelines when they come out but I was just curious in case I've missed them.

Ta
Julie xx

11 comments:

Teresa Ashby said...

Out next week I think, Julie.

Julie P said...

Thanks, Teresa! I knew someone would know in blogland!

Julie xx

lynda71 said...

hi julie

i am new to the world of writing for women's magazines but have decided to give it a go - i have a wee question related to the My Weekly guidelines that i was hoping you or someone out there might be able to answer: i recently submitted a story for the Aug 31st deadline - it states in the guidelines that these stories are for publication between sept and nov - does this mean that if i have not heard from the editors by november that my story hasn't been accepted or is there a chance that it could still be considered for publication in a later issue? if anyone could shed some light on my query i would be very grateful - thanks very much

lynda

Julie P said...

Hi, Lynda.

I'm not sure personally, but I think My Weekly say that if you haven't heard anything by six months then your story hasn't been accepted. I don't know what this means in relation to the guidelines being for stories to be published between Sept and Nov. I suppose if it was a seasonal story they coukd hold on to it for next year - but if it's a general story it may still be accepted for this year. I haven't had a story published by My Weekly yet but I'm sure those who have in blog land will clarify it!

Good luck with the story writing and welcome to the madness!

Julie xx

Carole Anne Carr said...

Hi Julie,

I suggest you send your stories via the usual snail mail. You do get a fairly quick reply that way. I sent my last story via the internet, I may be confusing this with People's Friend submissions, I'm not sure, but I never heard for months and months and although they had notified me that the story was being considered, nothing. Then further enquiries months later, and I'm sure that as they must receive literally thousands via the net, it is so easy to post that way, they were snowed under and in the end couldn't find it......just a thought...hugs...xx

lynda71 said...

Thanks Julie! Hopefully i will be put out of my misery soon. Otherwise i guess i will have to wait for 6 months...

Julie P said...

Hi, Carole. I only email stories to Australia - I tend to use snail mail for the rest - although I have emailed stories to the Weekly News but haven't heard back. I'm always highly suspicious of emailing stories in case it gets lost in the ether! Hopefully the new submission guidelines for My Weekly will come out this week. If you send an email to them they email you a copy of their latest guidelines.

Julie xx

Julie P said...

It's the waiting that's the hard part, isn't it, Lynda. Let's hope we all find out the fate of our stories soon!

Julie xx

Elizabeth McKay said...

They're out now Julie, so hopefully you received an email today.

Julie P said...

Hi. Lynda. Yes I have the guidelines but not from My Weekly! A fellow writer forwarded them on to me. I'll have to see what I've got that I can send them.

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Thanks Elizabeth!

I've read the guidelins and I'm going to have a think over the weekend about what I can write that's suitable to send to them. I've got about five short stories out with Take A Break and five with That's Life in Australia, a couple at Woman's Weekly, one with My Weekly - there are 21 of my stories out there somewhere! But I don't hold out much hope! I find writing more stories helps me to stop the 'rejection' nerves. I always make sure that I have some ready to send out when the rejections start flooding in!

Julie xx