Recently I gave a presentation at Rose City Romance Writers (RCRW) in Portland, Oregon on using short stories as a marketing tool. We talked about the benefits of writing short stories, the process of submitting and how to analyze a market one might want to break into. One of the popular romance markets is Woman's World, though in the previous two blog posts I list many other romance specific markets and markets that accept fiction that are open to romance. Below is information on Woman's World.
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
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.
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