Fiction Sneak Peek: March 4, 2023 Issue

A warm welcome to our round-up of this fiction in our latest issue, available Wednesday, March 1.

Seven Short Stories

Our opening story is Alyson Hilbourne’s “After The Flood”, where worsening weather means a rescue is needed. Artwork, Jim Dewar (above).

A lucky sweep and a black cat feature in Julia Douglas’ “As Luck Would Have It”. Illustration from Manon Gandiolle.

We go back to 1960s for our next story, and a mystery VIP is due to land at a Scottish air base. “Suspicious Minds” is by Eirin Thompson.

Jemima wants to give her boyfriend’s mum the perfect gift. But what do you give someone you’ve never met before? “Give What You Get”, by Sara Partington, is illustrated by Sarah Holliday.

Two neighbours – and their gardens – need some TLC, in “Growing On”, by Teresa Ashby. Artwork, Kirk Houston.

Debbie and Andy meet after many years apart in “Mixed Messages”, by Katie Ashmore. Illustration from Sailesh Thakrar

When it comes to home security, Melina and Tanino are “Safe As Houses”. Stefania Hartley’s short story is illustrated by Jim Dewar.


In Part Four of “The Sapphire Peacock”, by Deborah Siepmann, Anya and Daisy shared some special moments on their voyage to England. Artwork, Helen Welsh.

In the final part of “Friends And Neighbours”, by Beth Watson, Caitlin is looking forward to a happy future ahead. Illustration from Ged Fay.

A new serial begins next week.


Frankie’s suggestion could help all the residents, in “Welcome To Quayside”, by Stefania Hartley

And in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, can Bob work up the courage to tell Sam about the quiz?

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!