Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Weekly News

If you have anything outstanding with TWN you've probably already had the email, but in case anyone didn't know ... any stories sent between June last year and April this year will not be used and you may submit elsewhere. For stories sent since April this year, they'll be accepted within 12 weeks, if at all. After this period we're to assume a rejetion and may submit elsewhere.

I'm glad to have this cleared up (I expect Jill the fiction editor is too). If there's anything worse than having a story rejected it's not having a reply at all. Jill works alone on a part time basis. Those magazines which send replies and give reasons generally have a team of staff in the fiction department.

Just a reminder about the Alfie Dog short story competition. (There is an entry fee of around £2 in the form of five story downloads. Can I suggest you try one by that Patsy Collins woman?) The prize is £200 plus (optional) publication of your short story collection on which you'll earn royalties.

Right, I'm off to water the allotment whilst it's still cool.



16 comments:

  1. Thanks for that information. I enjoyed your very helpful article in Writing mag this month about feedback. Some excellent advice.

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. I'm waiting until I've actually seen it in print before mentioning it.

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  2. Hi Patsy - I love the crocosmia ... they always remind me of Cornwall ... it's great you keep promoting story submission sites ... and enjoy the cool of the morning at the allotment - though looks like you might get rain in the next 24 hours! Cheers Hilary

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    1. They remind me of Wales, Hilary. There are loads right be where we often stay.

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  3. Helpful information, Patsy.And I've been meaning to say - I love the new photo!

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    1. Thanks, Frances. I got fed up with the tidy look. It wasn't really me.

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  4. Yes, I had the email too, Patsy. I was amazed to see that Jill only has 3.5 hours a week to spend on the fiction slot. She must be superwoman!

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    1. I wouldn't have thought it gave her time to open all the emails, let alone read our stories!

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  5. I too received the email, Patsy, and had forgotten I sent a story in earlier this year! It's very difficult for one editor to handle all those stories in the little time she has.

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    1. It is, Rosemary. Hardly surprising she ended up with a backlog.

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  6. Jill has always been charming and often apologetic for her late replies. She doesn't mind if you send her a reminder about previous submissions.
    I recognise the stuff in the photo. It seems to sprout up everywhere in our garden.

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    1. I agree, Keith - Jill is very likeable. I'm sure she regrets not being able to give the feedback she used to.

      The 'stuff' os montbretia. Invasive but beautiful.

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  7. Sorry but I think Jill being so busy is no excuse.I had a world war one story with her since last October. Of course there is no point trying to place it now. I sent a polite reminder about six weeks ago but never got a response. If we all stopped sending stories. magazines might treat us with more respect. But of course we won't, will we?

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    1. Not an excuse no, Anon. It's the reason we've had to wait a long time for replies, or haven't had them at all. The new system will at least mean we're not waiting indefinitely. It isn't perfect, but unless Jill's hours are increased I can't see that a better alternative is possible. That would cost more and might mean the publishers decided, as many others have, to stop publishing fiction. Personally I don't think that would be better.

      No, it wouldn't be possible to persuade all writers to stop sending stories. For one thing some wouldn't get to hear of the strike plan at all.

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  8. Thanks for the information, Patsy, about The Weekly News and the reminder about Alfie Dog's competition. Like the plug, and why not, eh? ;-)

    Montbretia is the bane of our garden but when the flowers are out as they are now, all is forgiven! ;-)

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    1. Ah, you spotted my subtle sales pitch, Jan! And I thought I'd got away with it.

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