An anon poster stated that My Weekly is 'the best fiction magazine on the market'. "Best" is relative.
Here you go:
This publication carries many short stories, and is described thus on Wikipedia: My Weekly is a magazine for women in the 45-and-over age bracket..... It tends to consist of short stories, reader contributions, knitting or sewing patterns, and celebrity gossip.
The same publisher produces this magazine:
Their webite has this to say:With a strong base of captivating fiction, a dash of crafts, a sprinkling of gardening and of course a good dose of tempting recipes, The People’s Friend is the perfect ingredient to brighten any woman’s day.
To appreciate the full flavour of ‘The Friend’, it’s best read in a comfy chair with a hot cup of tea and lots of time to spare.
And for comparison, here are two of the magazines that might be considered among the 'best' in a very different market.
From their website: Since 1953, The Paris Review has been at the vanguard of great literature, bringing superlative work by acclaimed and emerging writers to an international audience.
THE LONDON MAGAZINE
From their website: T.S.Eliot saw (The London Magazine) as ‘the magazine which will boldly assume the existence of a public interested in serious literature’.
Consistently on the pulse of the literary scene, The London Magazine is a meeting place for the day’s greatest minds.
Very different markets, I think. You cannot compare them. Each serves its purpose, and brings enjoyment to (I believe) different readers. I would doubt if, in the biographies of the writers in Paris Review, you would find that they also write for People's Friend. And vice versa.
Horses for courses. Chalk and Cheese.
And my own strategy for growth as a writer was not to seek criticism of my work from writers who want to focus on writing something entirely different themselves.
We all find our own best path. And those who do write for the women's magazines will probably get paid far better than those who restrict their writing to a less popular market.
In the end, we write what we want to read ourselves, don't we? A few writers may be very clever, able to be a Jack or Jill of all trades and write a bit of everything, well. I don't want to/could not do that.