Fiction Sneak Peek: August 14, 2021 Issue

August 14 2021 issue

Hello! Welcome to our look at the short stories and serials in our August 14, 2021 issue.

Our opening story this week is Gabrielle Mullarkey’s “No Place Like Home”. Helen and Myles’ only child, Chloe, is off travelling the world. Should they worry? With a Mandy Dixon illustration.

In the romantic city of Verona, Rosalina has to help out at the Juliet Club. But how can she give advice on behalf of Juliet, when she doesn’t believe in Romeo? “Love Letters” by Alison Carter is illustrated by Ruth Blair (above).

Shouldn’t the parent worry about the child, rather than the other way round? Nat finds that the tables have turned in “Taking Care Of Dad”, by Teresa Ashby, illustrated by Mandy Murray.

A teenager’s reluctance to go on a family holiday brings back memories in “A Snapshot Of Malta”, written by Jacqui Cooper and illustrated by Shutterstock.

We’re “In A Jam” next. When one young woman goes missing during a walk on the cliffs, can Esther’s sharp-eyed sleuthing help solve the mystery of her disappearance? By Alyson Hilbourne, our story set in the 1930s is illustrated by Philip Crabb.

Letitia has a phobia which has a significant impact on her life. Can she overcome it before her 40s disappear? “Lucky Thirteen” by Eirin Thompson is illustrated by Martin Baines.

Our final story of the week is “Out Of The Woods”, by Katie Ashmore. Can making peace with a friend help one young woman save the woodlands she loves? With a peaceful Shutterstock illustration.


Simon can make Evelyn laugh, but is that enough? Part Five of Moira Gee’s “The Ties That Bind” is illustrated by Kirk Houston.

In the final episode of June Davies’ “The River Runs Deep”, as Myrtle’s family make plans for a happier future, Laura and Johan look forward to their own…artwork throughout this serial is by Sailesh Thakrar.


There’s a slight shake-up to this year’s Shakespeare in the gardens, in Stefania Hartley’s “Tales From The Parish” . . .

And in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, George has mixed feelings about seeing the old ship . . .

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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 150 years of 'Friend' fiction!