Fiction Sneak Peek: May 6, 2023 Issue

Hello, and welcome to our weekly sneak peek at the fiction in our latest issue.

This week, we’re looking at issue dated May 6, 2023.

Short Stories

Millie and Fay can’t wait to toast the happy couple on their big day, in our opening story.  Gwen Rollinson’s “Raise Your Glass!” is illustrated by Kirk Houston.

A grandma reminisces about the Queen’s coronation, in 1953, when she was a little girl.  “An Era Of Hope”, by Claire Buckle, features artwork from Sarah Holliday.

Even when the road seems long, help is at hand, in “A Healing Heart”, by Becca Robin.

Chalk-and-cheese sisters lead separate lives – can anything bring them together? “Keeping Up With Kim”, by Alison Wassell, is illustrated by Sarah Holliday.

Jan finds it hard to say ‘no’ to anyone who needs help, in Moira Gee’s “A Matter Of Time”. Artwork, Kirk Houston.

Witnessing a Royal Coronation is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved – whether in 1937, 1953, or 2023! By Teresa Ashby, “A Royal Welcome” is illustrated by Ruth Blair (above).

In our final short story this week, will a move to the Scottish Highlands be a “Leap Of Faith” for one young couple? David Balmer’s short story is illustrated by Ruth Blair.


It’s the penultimate instalment of “The House On The Shore”, and Enid is glad to see Benjamin back at home… written by Lydia Jones, artwork by Kirk Houston.

In the final instalment of “The Winds Of Fortune”, Minnie finds that between Pearl’s engagement, Joe’s release, and Theo being back in her life, she has a lot to celebrate. Katie Ashmore’s six-part serial has been illustrated throughout by David Young.

A brand-new serial begins next week.


Will the library of things be able to extend to the neighbouring blocks? “Welcome To Quayside” is by Stefania Hartley.

And Mary has some wise words for Anna, in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”.

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!