- Only one manuscript per month. Email, postal addresses, phone numbers etc should be marked on the manuscript
- Please pay attention to the story lengths as they are important
- For your manuscript to be considered, it’s imperative you mark prominently on your envelope or email into which category your story falls and how many words it is. If you don’t do this, I’m afraid your work can’t be considered.
- Our author box has changed. Can you please now give me 30 words about your inspiration? Please include this on your manuscript or Word document.
- Remember NOT to include any formatting such as tabs or page breakers in your Word document.
- Not looking for any more sci-fi themes in any of the categories, at the moment.
As we now edit on screen, please take a moment to check your manuscript and ensure that:
- Double quotes (“…”) are used for dialogue throughout
- You have avoided excessive use of ellipses (…) and exclamation marks
- There are only SINGLE spaces between words and sentences (please eliminate all unnecessary spaces)
- If you are emailing your story, make sure it is as a Word attachment and not in the body of the email
- You are enclosing only a SINGLE MANUSCRIPT, not several at once, and that your story is in a standard plain type of 12pt.
- All manuscripts must be typewritten, with accurate wordage supplied.
- Still low on Family stories with children at the moment – 1200 words.
- Emotionally engaging
- Light and shade
- Strong continuous plot
- Intrigue - Interwoven plot lines
- Complex relationships
- Recognisable people in recognisable situations
- Escapist - Adventure - Balance of surprise vs expectations
Twist In The Tale (between 1400 and 1600 words)
- Particularly looking for light-hearted themes, or very moving - “clues” must not be misleading
- Positive, pleasant outcome - characters well rounded, need not all be likeable - revenge must not be vindictive
- A nice surprise instead of a “con”
- Ensure crime themes have emotional engagement and some sympathetic characters.
Coffee Break (700 Words Only)
- Particularly looking for light-hearted or very moving themes
- No surprise endings right now as I have enough
- Include a frisson of excitement, hint of passion
- Character studies
- Unusual, offbeat subject
- Humorous - conversation – can be all dialogue - a moment in time - pulse racing, without being sexually explicit
- looking for light-hearted or very romantic themes
- believable characters
- unusual theme/situations
- try not to be too predictable
- doesn’t have to have a standard happy ending
- engaging dialogue
- must still be hopeful - inspiring - light and shade work well - try to ring the changes with themes
- convincing emotions
You can send your work by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: The Commissioning Fiction Editor, My Weekly, D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd., 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL. Most important! If one of your stories has been accepted already, please mark the email for the attention of Liz Smith.