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The People's Friend

Literary Magazine




The longest running women's magazine in the world. We're famous for fiction, knitting and cookery.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    12 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Payssee Genres section for details

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 10000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Crime, Thriller

Payment: £80-110

OUR stories are 1200, 2000 and 3000 words long, although stories of 4000 words are welcome for our specials. And don’t forget our famous 10,000 word crime thrillers, featured in every second special!


Max lines: 20

Max pieces: 3

Payment: £ 15

There are no hard and fast rules to writing poetry for us, but we’re unlikely to have room for more than twenty lines of text so it’s best to make that an absolute maximum.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Pages can get mixed up in the reading process, so to save time, please number each one. Please put your name under the title of your story on the opening page of your manuscript. If we buy your story, we will then ask for an electronic copy. This makes it easier for our Production team when it comes to making up the issue and running the copy onto the page. No formatting Please use double spacing, and don’t include any indents. Once again, this saves oodles of time when we run the copy on the page. All dialogue should be in double quotes.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    The best way to get a sense of our style is to read the magazine regularly. “Friend” readers range in age from about thirty to well over eighty. They like being entertained — and dislike being depressed. They like realistic material, but not so realistic — with sex, violence, drugs, drink, etc — that they are frightened or saddened.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

42 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

103 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1257 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

46 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open




“The People’s Friend” is DC Thomson’s flagship title and the longest-running women’s weekly magazine in the world. First gracing newsagents’ shelves on 13 January 1869, the magazine has an ever-rising subscription base and is loved and trusted all around the world, with readers in Canada, New Zeala...

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    Stuart Johnstone