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

You are welcome to send in a brief idea of the piece. Otherwise you can send it in full.

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 We do not publish fiction.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  All pieces submitted must be previously unpublished.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 to get back to you.

4. We find most stories work well at around 1,000 words so this is our preferred length. However, we're always happy to read longer pieces
    (up to 1,400 words approx).

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. 

7. Contributors will receive a Special Issue of the magazine n 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 5 is planned for March 2022 and Issue 6 will be in September 2022. These publication dates might change.

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 We do not publish pieces involving character defamation or compromise of privacy.

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