Could You Write A Pocket Novel For The “Friend”?

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Here at “The People’s Friend”, we’re on the lookout for new pocket novels.

Ever considered writing one for us?

Here are five reasons to give it a go!

It’s a great opportunity to have a novel published.

If you’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, this could be the perfect opportunity. We’re looking for stories of between 39,500 and 42,000 words.

We’re looking for pocket novels right now.

Not sure how to get started? As with writing for any other publication, the best way to start is to familiarise yourself with the magazine by reading it regularly – and finding out what the readers do, and don’t, feel comfortable with.

Historical and contemporary themes are both welcome. We’re particularly looking for Christmas stories, cosy crime, and novels with a definite theme. Stories featuring a familiar place or event are always popular. All stories must be previously unpublished.

We can offer support through the process.

Tracey and Lucy from the Fiction team are happy to help develop your story or answer any queries. Our Pocket Novel Guidelines are a good place to look for more information.

The copyright remains yours, as does the right to republish.

Pocket novel authors receive a flat fee of £300, paid on acceptance. You’ll be asked to sign a “Friend” contract, which it’s important to read carefully. But, put simply: you retain the copyright, and the right to republish. All we ask is that you wait until after our publication date.

It’s a great way to try something new.

Writing a pocket novel is a different challenge to writing a short story, long read, series or serial. Initially, we ask for a detailed synopsis and the first three chapters of the novel. Once we’ve read over the chapters, we’ll be in touch.

If you have an idea for a “Friend” pocket novel, please email your synopsis plus the first three chapters to Tracey Steel or Lucy Crichton.

You can buy a great-value Pocket Novel subscription here.

Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!