Fiction Sneak Peek: May 20, 2023 Issue

Our latest issue is on sale Wednesday, 17th May.

We have seven brand-new short stories, two serials and lots more reading ready for you.

Here’s a quick peek!

Seven Short Stories

“Money Talks”, in this week’s opening story by Alison Carter – and a windfall must be shared, or lost. Set in 1890, it features artwork by Sailesh Thakrar.

A daughter’s birthday wish is her mother’s greatest fear, in Alison Wassell’s “No Laughing Matter”. Illustrated by Ruth Blair.

Two blind daters have both been stood up, in Gabrielle Mullarkey’s “Table For Two”.

Why does a mother-in-law treat her children-in-law differently? Find out in Eirin Thompson’s “In Good Company”. Artwork, Tracy Fennell.

Taxi driver Vinay is always on hand with advice for his passengers, in Becca Robin’s “A Word Of Advice”. Illustration from Martin Baines (above).

A mum’s good intentions are in danger of leading her down the wrong road, in Teresa Ashby’s “A Tall Order”. Artwork, Kirk Houston.

In our final short story this week, Sophie joins a cookery class to help her dad – but will she be “Making A Meal Of It”? Amanda Antonio’s short story is illustrated by Jim Dewar.


A new six-part serial begins today – Sue Cook’s “Hearts On Fire”. Set in an artists’ retreat in Italy, it’s illustrated by Gerard Fay.

In Part Two of “The Sweet Shop Mystery”, Betty is sure Clive Carston is up to something! Set in 1983 and written by Becca Robin, artwork is from Mandy Dixon.


The Leungs’ belongings have arrived at last, in Stefania Hartley’s “Welcome To Quayside”…

…and there are surprises in store for Ruby and Mary, 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!