Fiction Sneak Peek: June 10, 2023 Issue

Two smiling ladies (Maureen and Jean) in their swimming costumes, in the sea.

Hello, and a warm welcome to the fiction in this week’s issue – on sale June 7.

Short Stories

A special tree has always been there, in Gabrielle Mullarkey’s “Out On A Limb”. Artwork by Jim Dewar.

We’re in the 1950s for our next story, and ‘Ten Pound Pom’ Johnny has great hopes of “Striking It Rich”. By Kate Finnemore, it’s illustrated by Kirk Houston.

Some moonlit mending helps Elise see her family problems “In A New Light”. By Fran Tracey.

Maureen and Jean are off on a “Summer Holiday”, next – but can they help find a lost child? By Eirin Thompson, with an illustration from Ruth Blair (above).

Lauren has been something of a recluse since her engagement ended. Now she’s attending a friend’s engagement ‘do’, but is she ready to be one of the “Party People”? Teresa Ashby’s short story is illustrated by Martin Baines.

There are changes afoot at the manor, but not everyone is seeing things in the same way. “In My View”, by Alison Carter, features artwork by Mandy Murray.

Jessica is looking for a way to connect with her niece, in “Just Like Me”, by Rebecca Holmes. Artwork, Kirk Houston.


In Part Four of “Hearts On Fire”, Julia finds the more time she spends with Mark, the deeper her feelings become. Written by Sue Cook, our six-part serial is illustrated by Gerard Fay.

It’s the final part of “The Sweet Shop Mystery”. Have Betty and Ted saved the day after all? Becca Robin’s serial has featured artwork from Mandy Dixon.

Look out for a new serial beginning next week!


Tanya is excited to spend the day alone with Giacomo, in “Welcome To Quayside”, by Stefania Hartley…

…while over on “Riverside”, what scheme have Beryl and Pearl come up with this time? 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!