Saturday, 13 February 2016

The People's Friend fiction guidelines.

As The People's Friend make their guidelines available online, I'm just giving you the link, rather than copying them here - that way you'll have the most up to date version, whenever you look.

The fiction editor also has a blog. If you want to write for this market, I suggest you follow that as there are often hints about what they're currently looking for, clues about why they've accepted certain stories and even warnings about subjects they've had enough of.

This magazine has been going a long time and although it hasn't changed drastically it has changed. If the copies you're relying on for research are a few years, or even decades, out of date get yourself down the newsagent's. That goes for all the magazines, but it's with this one in particular that people seem to assume they know what it's like without having read a recent copy.

In case you're wondering, the castle is Threave - it's in Scotland and it has changed a bit over the years, yet would still be recognisable to those who once lived there.


  1. Thank you for all this info, Patsy!
    And nice too to see (what remains of) Threave castle, which features in my favourite book/series, 'The Game of Kings' by Dorothy Dunnett :-)

  2. Is Archibald the Grim in the books, Penny? I might have to read them if he is.

  3. Thanks for this,Patsy. I bought a couple of the weekly magazines and a special recently and it definitely has changed so I totally agreee with your comment about those writers wanting to write for them going out and buying more recent issues.

  4. How much do People's Friend pay for stories? Sorry, I'm sure you've been asked these questions many times but I could only find a reference from a few years ago, so thought it might have changed.

  5. I don't know whether it's just me or if everybody else experiencing issues with your site.

    It looks like some of the text on your posts are running off the
    screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This might be a issue with my browser because I've had this happen before.
    Many thanks


If you are commenting anonymously PLEASE give yourself a nickname, number or initials. With so many people unwilling to use their own name it gets really confusing if there isn't some way to differentiate between you all.