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 as an attachment.
Include name, address, phone number and email on the manuscript.
Where to send manuscripts:
If you have not previously been published by Woman's World magazine:
Fiction@WomansWorldMag.com to Patricia Gaddis' attention
If you have had a romance or mini-mystery published by Woman's World:
FictionPro@WomansWorldMag.com to Patricia Gaddis' attention
For problems only you may contact Patricia at Prose@dnet.net
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 Feb. 2, 2018 to add: They are looking for more charming cozies where someone steals someone else's prize begonias/recipe/whatever. There are too many murder mysteries.