Take a Break are looking for short stories up to 3,000 words with a strong plot and/or a compelling twist in the tail.

A wide variety of subjects are welcome, including crime, spooky tales and almost anything else which will appeal to lively women in their mid-twenties and upwards – though ‘straightforward’ romances, stories with a historical background and science fiction are not wanted. They are also not interested in stories narrated by small children or animals.

Payment is good: £200 for a one-page story; £250 for a two-page story; between £325 and £400 for stories up to 2,000 words.

Writers’ guidelines from: http://www.takeabreak.co.uk