Words are usually used for writing numbers in short stories. There is, however, a certain point where figures should be used instead of words. Authorities have different views on when this should be. However it is common practise to use figures for numbers greater than ten. Whatever you do - be consistent.
NB Never begin a sentence with numbers, use words eg
Three children went to the party (correct)
3 Children went to the party (wrong)

This month's tip is provided by Jo Hamlet, Readers' World Editor


GUIDELINES:
  • Typed manuscripts, A4 double spacing, wide margins and pages numbered. 
  • Manuscripts must be edited ready for publishing with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. 
  • Please include a completed copy of the ‘Manuscript Submission SlipÂ’ (see below).  Please also send a SSAE for our reply to you.  An e-mail address, if available, should also be included.
We are looking for works from 500 to 5000 words, although shorter works are preferred to allow the inclusion of more authors in each issue. Any story longer than 5000 words will not be read.  

Any genre will be accepted.  Characters and plot should be plausible within the setting of the story. There should be audience appeal, entertainment and accurate research. Articles and poetry are also acceptable. We do not accept pornographic works, socially unacceptable violence, or offensive language, although adult reading will be accepted.
We cannot accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, material sent to us. 

If accepted, we will require your work on an IBM-compatible disc [in Microsoft Word or text format; Times New Roman font, size 10; single spacing; justified; 5mm indent at the beginning of each paragraph (except for the first!].  If you cannot supply your work on disc, we can provide this for a fee of $5 per 500 words (minimum charge is $5) and we will send the disc to you once your work has been published. (Include $2 for postage of disc to you when you submit your work, if you require this service).  

IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR WORK IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT, WE CANNOT PUBLISH IT - PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS.
 

PAYMENT:

Payment will be made within 60 days of publication of the work in Readers' World magazine as per the following rates:

Short Stories .........$15.00
Poems.....................$ 5.00

 

We REALLY WOULD like to be able to pay our authors more but, at the present time, as a family-owned business we are not in a position to be able to do this.  

Please, if you know of anyone who would enjoy a good read, ask them to subscribe - this will ensure that payments increase in the future!

Send to:

    NEW WORKS
    READERS' WORLD
    PO BOX 301
    JOONDALUP WA 6919
Anthology books:

Short stories or poems, for possible inclusion in one of our books, will be assessed and if of an acceptable standard, may be included in one of our compilation books (Maximum 1500 words).
There is no payment for work published in a book. 
The books are for sale to writers and friends at $22.00 each,  which includes postage within Australia. 
The books will have a write-up in Readers' World magazine and also be included on our web page. 

Please fill in your credit card details when you submit your work, with the number of books you would require. This will not be deducted until your work is confirmed as publishable.
Please indicate the genre of your work, as we may produce theme anthologies if there is enough interest.

Partner Publishing: Indian Ocean Books

If you have the desire to have your longer story/novel published, then we can assist you with that too. 
We will carry out the whole production process, you just have to send us the content. 
We will advertise your book in our magazine, as well as on our web page, so you will be connected to the world! 
We will even co-ordinate a book launch for you, if you so require.

Send to:

    INDIAN OCEAN BOOKS
    c/- READERS' WORLD
    PO BOX 301
    JOONDALUP WA 6919
Contact June for a quote on:

Telephone: (08) 9300 8247
Mobile:      0403 154 749
Facsimile: (08) 9300 8247
E-Mail: iob@readersworld.com.au