by Paula Gail Benson
If you’re interested in writing short romance or mystery stories, you might want to consider submitting to Woman’s World (WW), a weekly magazine found in most grocery stores. Before sending in a story, you’ll definitely want to read the publication. Its fiction guidelines are strict: (1) romances must be contemporary and no more than 800 words, and (2) mysteries must be up to 700 words written in a “solve-it-yourself” format to allow readers to test their sleuthing skills with the resolution at the end. The pay is excellent (about $800 for romances and $500 for mysteries), but the competition is fierce. If your story is selected, you’ll become part of a distinguished group, including John Floyd and B.K. Stevens.
Several websites have been developed to help writers determine how best to hone their submissions.
The following provide guidelines:
and for mini-mysteries
Until September 6, 2016, when she had to suspend her messages to concentrate on caring for her mother, Jody Lebel, a WW published mystery author, analyzed the mini-mysteries and listed other markets accepting shorts. Her blog is well worth reading to understand the type stories and formatting that WW is seeking. Here’s the link:
In addition, two Sleuthsayers blog messages from R.T. Lawton (“Me and the Mini-Mystery”) and John Floyd (“A Woman’s World Survival Guide”) give some excellent advice for successful submissions. They can be accessed at: http://www.sleuthsayers.org/2012/08/me-and-mini-mystery.html and http://www.sleuthsayers.org/2012/08/a-womans-world-survival-guide.html.