Fiction Ed’s Blog: Why The “Friend” Website Is Important For Writers

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If you’re reading this, you may already know all about the “Friend” website!

We recently celebrated 153 years continuously in print.

When we were preparing for our 150th anniversary, we spent lots of time in our Archive looking at the fiction and poetry of yesteryear.

Looking back at “Friend” fiction reminded us that the neither the ethos nor the content of the magazine has changed in essence since our very first issues way back in 1869.

Strong stories, with credible, engaging characters, and a family-friendly tone.

Looking back, and looking forward

As well as respecting the heritage of the Friend, we’re always also looking to the future.

We’re on social media, with a website, a Twitter page and we’re on Facebook, too.

Why read our website?

Our website is geared towards readers and writers.

It’s the first port of call for would-be and established Friend authors — all the information you need to submit a successful story is here.

The Fiction Team post regularly, with hints and tips for writing and practical advice on submitting.

For readers and writers

Our Writer of the Week posts feature debut and established authors talking about their writing lives and experiences.

We also feature Fiction Previews, so you can see when — fingers crossed! — your story is going to appear in the magazine.

And you can get a flavour of the type of content we feature in our magazine, not just the fiction.

“The People’s Friend” online

The website is where all our Fiction news appears — our most up-to-date information is posted here.

It’s where we hope that one day soon, we’ll have news of any updates regarding returning to the office.

If you’re reading this, you already know how important keeping up to date with the website is.

Pass it on!

For writers and would-be “Friend” contributors who don’t know about the website, could you pass this information on — retweet, or send a link?

We aim to give everyone the best chance of success. Keeping in touch with the magazine via the website is one of the best ways to do that.

It also means we spend less time answering queries, which means more time spent reading submissions.

Win, win!

For more from Fiction Ed Lucy, read her blog here.


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!