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Bobster
05-28-2009, 11:45 PM
(For future copies, send e-mail request to DearWW@bauerpublishing.com)


Received in e-mail today (5/28/09):

WOMAN'S WORLD

FICTION GUIDELINES

Romance guidelines:

We buy contemporary romances of 800 words. Stories must revolve around a compelling, true-to-life relationship dilemma; may feature either a female or male protagonist; and may be written in either the first or third person. Characters may be married, single, divorced or widowed; should be down-to-earth (no yuppies or jet-setters); and their dilemma should be poignantly or humorously conveyed. Please think carefully about a story's setting, mood and plot, and tell the story with interesting action and dialogue. (Every sentence, paragraph, and scene of the story should deliver more information about your characters and their situation and/or briskly advance the storyline).

We are not interested in stories involving life-or-death matters, nor are we interested in fluffy, flyaway-style romance. When we say romance, what we really mean is relationship--whether it's just beginning or is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The emphasis in our stories is on real life-which is why we do not buy science fiction, fantasy or historical romance.

We pay $800 per romance and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.


Mini mystery guidelines:

We purchase short "solve-it-yourself" mysteries of 700 words--a count that includes the narrative and the solution. Stories should be cleverly plotted, entertaining cliffhangers that end with a challenge to the reader to figure out whodunnit or howdunnit. The solution to the mystery is provided in a separate box.

Robbery, burglary, fraud and murder are acceptable subjects, but spare the readers any gory details or excessive violence, please! We are also not interested in ghost stories, science fiction or fantasy.

We pay $500 per mystery and retain First North American Serial Rights for six months after publication.


IMPORTANT NOTES!

Manuscripts should be double-spaced in legible size type.

Where to send manuscripts: Fiction Editor, Woman's World, 270 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Indicate Mini Mystery or Romance on the envelope.

How to send manuscripts: (1) You must include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to receive a reply. Manuscripts not accompanied by a SASE will be discarded. Note: A #10 SASE is necessary not just for a response, but for your contract if we purchase your story.
(2) Please DO NOT fax or e-mail manuscripts--because such submissions do not include SASEs, we have no means of responding to your submission.

Get to know us: Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with our romances and mini mysteries before submitting your work.

Be patient: Because we receive a tremendous volume of manuscripts, our turnaround time may range from one to six months. If you still have not heard from us after that time, feel free to re-submit your manuscript. Please do not call or write us to inquire about a manuscript's status.

seaaircarol
05-29-2009, 03:58 AM
Thanks for posting this!

thewritegirl
05-30-2009, 02:00 AM
Thanks for posting this! I have a story I want to send them.

mariedees
05-30-2009, 06:49 PM
Thanks! Oddly, I was wondering the other day what their romance guidelines were now.

Marie

Finchlark
05-31-2009, 05:34 PM
Anyone know if they accept submissions from outside USA? SASE will be difficult from another country.

seaaircarol
05-31-2009, 11:24 PM
Not sure, Finchlark. You could send an e-mail to the address shown in the original post. Hope it works out for you!

Maryn
06-01-2009, 12:30 AM
Be aware that with one of the biggest paydays in short fiction, the competition for this market is notoriously fierce. I no longer remember the number, but it's hundreds of submissions vying for every slot. It's odd that in my genre, I'm underwhelmed with their choices, but have critiqued work they rejected which I considered far better.

Still, somebody's stuff is chosen, so maybe it'll be yours, or mine, right?

Maryn, occasionally optimistic

Finchlark
06-03-2009, 02:36 PM
Well I emailed them a few days ago but they have not replied, so I'll take that as a No then.

Bubastes
06-03-2009, 04:24 PM
Be aware that with one of the biggest paydays in short fiction, the competition for this market is notoriously fierce. I no longer remember the number, but it's hundreds of submissions vying for every slot.

IIRC, they receive about 2500 submissions a month for 4 to 5 slots.

I'd considered writing for them, but with the new word count dropping at flash fiction levels, I feel the stories are suffering because of it. The payday is nice, but I can barely write a decent relationship-type story in 1000 words, let alone 800.

seaaircarol
06-03-2009, 05:08 PM
Well I emailed them a few days ago but they have not replied, so I'll take that as a No then.

Interesting. When I e-mailed them a couple of weeks ago to ask if they would accept a new story even when they haven't responded to an old one yet, I heard back within the hour (the answer was yes, by the way. We have a thread on it).

Maybe the answer to your question wasn't so easy, so it had to be forwarded on to the editors.


ETA: I just checked the e-mail address I used. I used DearWW@aol.com. Not sure if that would make a difference.

Finchlark
06-03-2009, 07:17 PM
Thanks I'll try that email also

Finchlark
06-03-2009, 08:36 PM
I received this response from the latest email address

Thank you for your email. We do accept submissions from outside the U.S. If you are submitting a NonFiction story to our features department, you may email it to: wwfeatures@bauerpublishing.com.
For Romantic Fiction or Solve-It-Yourself Mysteries, you would need to send those to us. While we do suggest sending an SASE, it is not mandatory. We recommend checking with your local post office for guidance about the SASE. If it is not possible, we will accept your submission without it.
We look forward to receiving your story.

brainstorm77
06-04-2009, 12:02 PM
Not accepting outside the USA cuts out many people including me! I think thats kinda shitty for them since they sell their mag in Canada too.

Maryn
06-04-2009, 04:37 PM
Not accepting outside the USA cuts out many people including me! I think thats kinda shitty for them since they sell their mag in Canada too.
Uh, it says they do.

Maryn, just sayin' is all

cool_st_elizabeth
06-05-2009, 01:36 AM
Interesting. When I e-mailed them a couple of weeks ago to ask if they would accept a new story even when they haven't responded to an old one yet, I heard back within the hour (the answer was yes, by the way. We have a thread on it).

ETA: I just checked the e-mail address I used. I used DearWW@aol.com. Not sure if that would make a difference.

Thank you for this, seaaircarol. I hope you hear good news from them soon!

seaaircarol
06-05-2009, 02:28 AM
Thanks! I saw in the other thread that you've been waiting 8 months! Good luck to you, as well.

Maryn
09-22-2010, 09:53 PM
For what it's worth, a writing acquaintance subbed a mini-mystery I'd critiqued. Her reply (a rejection) took about two months. The story was a good example of something I consider substantially better than the mini-mysteries they accept. We've been puzzling over the reasoning behind their choices.

Maryn, suspecting the work was not properly targeted at the readership

seaaircarol
09-22-2010, 10:25 PM
It's a very tough market.

I've subbed both romances and mysteries--many of them.

I've had one romance and one mystery accepted.

Sometimes I do think there is luck involved. The story somehow strikes the right chord and doesn't necessarily have to be an incredibly well-written piece.

The stories have to make it through 3 people, by the way: an initial reader, Johnene Granger (the fiction editor), and the Editor in Chief.

You know you at least made it to Johnene if the rejection comes from Seattle. Sometimes she'll tell you that she liked it but the EIC did not.

Kate Thornton
09-28-2010, 01:52 AM
I will always be delighted with my mini-mystery, Key Witness, published by Woman's World ON MY BIRTHDAY! in 2000. Not to mention the very fat check!

Thank you, Johnene Granger! (She was mystery editor at the time)

Maryn
09-28-2010, 05:27 PM
Pretty nice birthday present!

Maryn, who's had enough birthdays, thanks

stormie
09-28-2010, 05:34 PM
Two things: are the submission guidelines still the same as in 2009?

And I have a friend who submitted a mini-mystery to WW, a ms. he thought wasn't good at all. They accepted it. (And he's been pubbed in Ellery Queen Mystery Mag.)

seaaircarol
09-28-2010, 06:40 PM
Yes, I believe the guidelines are the same.

Number of words and the pay rate are definitely the same.

Good luck, everyone!

ohthatmomagain
02-07-2012, 07:11 AM
Does anybody know if this is still the same?

seaaircarol
02-07-2012, 10:34 PM
Yes, the guidelines are the same as those listed at the top of the thread.

snowsam
03-13-2012, 06:57 PM
Hi, does anyone know if you can still send in photos and bits to the Love and Laughter page? And, if you can do that by email? I'm in the UK as well, and my copy of the mag is from 2006!!

Sai
03-16-2012, 05:15 PM
Hi, does anyone know if you can still send in photos and bits to the Love and Laughter page? And, if you can do that by email? I'm in the UK as well, and my copy of the mag is from 2006!!

I have the latest copy here, and it looks like they still only accept submissions to the Love and Laughter section through snail mail (send it to Woman's World, 270 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632). They pay $50 for the 'Boy, My Face was Red' stories.

I have both a romance story and a mystery out with them right now. It takes them a long time to reply, but they pay great and they're easy and pleasant to work with.

snowsam
03-17-2012, 04:17 PM
Thanks Sai, I'll give it a go :)