Some Reasons To Be Cheerful!


These are strange times, aren’t they? We find it’s the little familiar things that keep us cheerful, as they remind us of normality!

For the “Friend” team, working at home and not being in our usual office with all the bustle, cakes and chats, it can feel a little odd.

That’s why when something to celebrate happens, it makes a difference for all of us.

We’re absolutely thrilled to have brought three new authors on board the good ship “Friend”! That’s right, it’s business as usual!

How did we manage to do that?

As you know we receive a huge volume of unsolicited manuscripts every week. These are stories from writers who haven’t been published by “The People’s Friend” before.

When we were informed that we would be working from home, the Fiction team gave potential successful stories to Editor Angela to have the final say on, and then divided up the remaining manuscripts to be read at home.

If we feel your story has potential, we will ask you to email it in. Fiction Ed Lucy will read it, and then pass it on to Angela for a final decision.

By the time we’ve read the manuscripts we have at home, we will hopefully be back in the office. Then we’ll be ready to read the stories that have been posted to the “Friend” while we’ve been away.

Will I get paid if my story is accepted?

“The People’s Friend” has always paid on acceptance and that won’t be changing.

I’ve not been published by the “Friend” before. Can I email my story anyway?

We’re afraid not.

Our system is running smoothly, but things are understandably taking a little longer than normal.

We’ve found the way we’re currently doing things to be the most efficient. Please bear with us, and use this time to write stories and study the “Friend” fiction.

What makes you feel cheerful? Why not tell us on Twitter!

For more information about submissions click here.

Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!