Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Short Stories: You Magazine (SA)

A couple of members on the Facebook Group - Bring back fiction to women's magazines - have been mentioning success with the South African magazine, 'You'. So I thought I'd investigate this as a possible market for short story writers.

They do have a website, with full guidelines for submitting stories. Obviously, it's always better to read a few stories from any magazine to get a feel for the type and tone of story they prefer. Since this is more difficult with a country so far away, the guidelines are the next best thing. They seem to favour contemporary stories, although they mention they would like to see more detective/crime stories.

Full up-to-date submission details are on the You website. Please note their format - no indents.

Good luck!
Rosemary

17 comments:

sallyjenkins said...

Thanks for this, Rosemary. I'll take a look now.

Talli Roland said...

Thanks, Rosemary!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for visiting, Sally!

You're welcome, Talli!

Patsy said...

Thanks for this. I'm one of those who has recently had an acceptance from YOU - hadn't spotted the updated guidelines though.

womagwriter said...

Ooh, well done for finding their website, Rosemary! There's a bit about You magazine on my blog too but possibly out of date - must check. I was in SA about 4 years ago and bought a couple of copies of You for research. It's a lovely magazine - cross between a Sunday paper mag, Woman's Weekly and TV Quick. Something for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Rosemary - very kind of you. I have submitted to YOU in the past but never had a response. I'll have another go. Fingers crossed,eh? Thanks again Kate Hogan

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Rosemary. I've also recently had two short stories accepted by You mag. I used to submit to them ages ago (without any luck) and more recently gave them a go and got in this time! It is worth not giving up :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I noticed you'd had an acceptance, Patsy - that's great. Wish we could get copies of it here.

Thanks, Womag - I did check your blog first but saw it was a while ago you mentioned it! It's great they provide the guidelines on their website.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Good luck with your next submission, Kate - I'm trying too!

It was brilliant to hear of your success, Diane - definitely worth persevering, to any market (I keep telling myself that!).

Joanna said...

Many thanks, Rosemary. I should love to have a try at this market.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I thought of you right away, Joanna!

Anita Chapman said...

Thanks for this Rosemary-I know a couple of writers who will find this info really useful. (I'd like to write short stories at some point but don't want to distract myself from writing my novel!)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That's good, Anita, thanks. I know what you mean - I'm trying to concentrate on novels for a while!

Dream it, then do it said...

Brilliant!
I've already had one overseas success with That's Life! (Australia) and I've wanted to have a go with these for a while. Thanks a lot for the link.

Carolb said...

Thanks for the link, Rosemary. And as stories can be sent electronically, there's no queueing up at the post office needed.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome, dream it, then do it - thanks for commenting!

That's the huge advantage, Carol!

Joan Fleming said...

Thanks for the info, Rosemary. As it seems to be ever harder to find a market for short stories, it's encouraging to hear of a new one.