Just this morning I had the idea of trying my hand writing for a local magazine, since I believe I have a reasonable chance of being published, I would gain a bit of recognition and it would also help incredibly with my discipline, having to write something to standard every week. They already have a couple of chatty columns, which, to be honest, I could put an original spin on and create a very different one, but the magazine is sorely lacking in anything poetry or fiction-related and I thought I might submit a short story with a local theme (naturally). The problem lies in what tone to go for - I'm assuming that to build a regular readership I would need to ideally go for roughly the same kind of material each week, e.g. not publish a historical romance bit one week and a searing gory horror the next. Unfortunately I have great fun writing both, and anything in between. My county is a very historical one, both quaint and sinister - it has it's cosy pubs and cheery village events, and on the other side it was notorious for smugglers, murders, and creepy myths, legends and landmarks. The story I'm working on now to try and send off is about a prison ship (a fairly local issue) and a dystopian view of what it would be like if prisoners got the vote (quite topical). But I don't think I can resist doing a quaint comedy piece later on. I think it would be a stretch to expect the magazine to publish such different stories. The point of this worrying ramble is: has anyone had experience writing for small local presses? Were they very limiting with what you could write, or was the opposite true, that they wished to promote local talent and didn't exactly mind what genre? Have you any tips, or advice?