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.
Get to know us: Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with our romances and mini-mysteries before submitting your work.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced in legible size type.
Please send stories as an attachment.
Include name, address, phone number and email on the manuscript. If you are a new writer or a writer who hasn't been published by Woman's World in a while, please add a line that states either "I am a new writer for Woman's World" or "I haven't been published in the magazine for the past 12 months" to your contact information.
Where to send manuscripts:
If you have not previously been published by Woman's World magazine:
If you have had a romance or mini-mystery published by Woman's World:
For problems only you may contact Alessandra Pollock at email@example.com
Woman's World does not send rejection notices. If you have not heard from them in four months, assume your story has been rejected.
Edited 8/4/16 to add: There is an automated response system that should notify you when your first submission has been received. If you do not receive notification, your spam filters may be set too high. After that, subsequent submissions do not trigger an auto respond.
Edited Jan. 11, 2019 to add: Alexandra Renna, the new fiction editor, announced that "the criteria for romance story selection have been altered slightly. Here are some quick things to include in future submissions, as well as some themes that our editors are loving right now!
—stories with LOTS of chemistry, i.e. gazing into the eyes, stomachs erupting in butterflies, etc. NOTE: this does NOT mean racy! Just evocative description of the sparks of first love flying
—hopeful endings/kickers that leave the reader feeling like the future is bright and anything is possible
—love in later life—our readers are LOVING stories about people who find love later in life, so keep them coming!
—love-hate stories. Our editor has a fondness for stories where the protagonist has a love/hate relationship that quickly turns to love
—super seasonal stories. As we are a weekly, be sure to keep in mind the holidays/weather patterns that are in play for your selection. As we are moving into April and May, Mother's Day comes to mind