IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU
We're interested in real, lived experiences, told honestly and written in the first person,
with you at the centre of the story.
A story involving something familiar from everyday life can work really well especially
if there are unexpected insights.
We are keen to encourage a wide variety of voices and subject matter to entertain and
stimulate our readers – we love to be surprised!
If you'd like to submit, please read the guidance notes below and write to
Friends On The Shelf, 93 Cranley Gardens, London N10 3AD
or email at
We look forward very much to receiving your submission.
Rachel Swann, Editor
1. We do not publish fiction.
2. All pieces submitted must be previously unpublished.
3. We read everything we are sent and promise to give you an honest response. As we are a very small editorial team please bear with us if it takes a little time.
4. We work collaboratively with contributors to help present your work in the best possible light. We recommend reading Friends On The Shelf, Issue 1 or 2, to get a feel for the tone of the pieces we have included.
5. We may request to hold over pieces for a forthcoming issue.
6. Publication of Issue 3 is March 2021. Issues 4 and 5 are planned for Summer and Autumn 2021.
These publication dates might change.
7. We regret that we are unable to pay our contributors though as the magazine grows we hope this will change. All contributors will receive a free Special Copy of the magazine in which their work is featured and can purchase and number of Issues at a discounted 'contributors rate'.
8. Word count: submissions can be up to 1,500 words.
We also include two or three longer reads in each issue and these can be up to 2,000 words.
9. You can choose to be published anonymously.
10. We do not publish pieces involving character defamation or that may compromise privacy.