Sunday, 12 July 2009

Readers' Letters

You may be a published author with lots of articles and fiction to your credit but don't turn your nose up at sending off readers' letters to the magazines.

If you're stuck on constructing a novel chapter or a short fiction piece, leave it aside and write a letter instead. They're easy to put together - try to find a good quality photograph to accompany it if you can - and are a better way of filling those brain-foggy moments than playing Spider Solitaire (which is what I tend to do when I'm stuck on something!).

As with fiction, get a feel for the content of the mag before sending anything, though there seems to be little restriction on what they take. Keep your letter short, up-beat and interesting. I've recently sent a couple off - yes, you guessed, it's about my recent holiday!

The fee is generally around £25 for each letter printed with £50 for the 'Star Letter'. Some mags will award a bonus prize, too. The turn around time tends to be much quicker than waiting for accepted fiction to appear. So, go on, have a go.


Glynis Scrivens said...

You're right, Sue,letters are good writing practice and sometimes you get a prize. I've also started doing those 25 word comps - with 3 successes so far. Nothing grand, but I did win 100pounds of kitchenware so well worth the effort of writing 25 words.

Sue Houghton said...

£100 worth of anything is better than the fee for 1000 word story at some mags!