​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 recommend reading previous issues of Friends On The Shelf to get a feel for the tone of the pieces we have included.

Please either submit a short synopsis of approximately 50 words or, if the piece is already written, we’d be happy to read it, as long as it fits the criteria below.

We regret that at present we cannot pay our contributors as all our income currently goes into producing the next magazine, but – we hope this will change as we grow.

Please write to Friends On The Shelf, 93, Cranley Gardens, London, N10 3AD or email us at friendsontheshelf@gmail.com

Please read the notes below:


1. We do not publish fiction.

2.  All pieces submitted must be previously unpublished.

3. We read everything we are sent. As we are a very small editorial team, please bear with us if it takes a little time.

4. We welcome articles of up to 1,000 words in length. This is an approximate number. Articles may be shorter of course, or up to 200     

    words longer, approximately - we’d rather all the juicy details than not!

5. We are unable to publish all the pieces we receive. We may also request to hold over pieces for a forthcoming issue.

6. Contributors may expect to be edited, though we always work collaboratively, as our goal is to help present your work in the best 

    possible light. If we decide to include a piece we may request cuts and/or additions. An article’s final length also depends on illustrations.

7. Contributors will receive a Special Issue of the magazine on which their work is featured and can purchase copies of FOTS at a

    discounted ‘contributors rate’. Contributors may write under a pseudonym if they choose and they have an original pen portrait based on

    a photo that they supply – in disguise, if necessary!     

8. Publication of Issue 4 is planned for Autumn 2021 and Issue 5 will be in Spring 2022. These publication dates might change.

9. We do not publish pieces involving character defamation or compromise of privacy.

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