Fiction Sneak Peek: April 1, 2023 Issue

Hello, and a warm welcome to the fiction in this week’s issue!

Seven Short Stories

Our opening story is Becca Robin’s “Bring Me To Life”. Can artist, Owen, help Ruth regain her sparkle? Set in 1844, artwork is from Ruth Blair.

A curious old house is in search of its perfect owner, in Alison Carter’s “Hot Property”. Artwork, Jim Dewar.

A perfect opportunity presents itself, but will Penny grasp it? “Write Now” is by Marie Penman.

We have a big-name author, next – our Writer Of The Week, Anna Jacobs! The last thing Jenny needs is for her car to break down during a storm, but does “Every Cloud” really have a silver lining? Illustration from Sarah Holliday (above).

Teresa Ashby’s “Coming Clean” is next, and is there something that Phil’s employees aren’t telling him? Artwork from Andre Leonard.

It’s time to take the plunge, in Julie Robertson’s “On The Seashore”…

…while in our final short story of this issue, Miriam knows that it’s time for change, as regards her beloved cinema. “The Bigger Picture” is by Julia Douglas.


A brand-new serial starts today – Katie Ashmore’s “The Winds Of Fortune”. Set in 1929 in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash, it’s in six parts, and features illustrations by David Young.

It’s Part Four of Anne Pack’s “When One Door Closes”, and Cramond Island has always been one of Alison’s favourite places…artwork, Ruth Blair. Final instalment next week.


The property management company seems a little uncooperative, in Stefania Hartley’s “Welcome To Quayside”…

…while over on “Riverside”, who will win the weekend trip to London – Ruby, or Mary? By Glenda Young.

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!