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"Short stories, 1000 to 3000 words".

Issues & Index Sources:  1961 – ?
Publishers:   Longacre Press Ltd, 161 Fleet St., London EC4
Editors:   Carole Findlater (in 1962)
Frequency:   quarterly

Family Circle (US)

A magazine sold through supermarkets. Began as a freebie, but in 1946 converted to a women's service magazine. Carries occasional fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  1932 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Harry Evans (at outset)



  1932 – 1945: tabloid
  1946 – present: slick


  5c in 1946


  1932 – 1945: 24pp


  weekly to Sep-1946; then monthly

Family Circle (UK)

Mostly non-fiction written in-house; publishes short-short stories of women's interest.

Issues & Index Sources:  1964 – 2006
Publishers:   IPC
Editors:   Sue James; Karen Livermore (in 2004)
Frequency:   thirteen a year

The Family Favourite

Total Issues: 58

Incorporated into: Home Companion

Issues & Index Sources:  20-Feb-1915 – 18-Mar-1916
Publishers:   Amalgamated Press

Family Fiction

Total Issues: 9

"The Great International Weekly Story Paper, combining the Newest and Best in Literature, Science and Art".

Issues & Index Sources:  6-Feb-1886 – 3-Apr-1886: Dime Novel Bibliography (sample issue only)
Publishers:   E. C. Hancock, 1216 F St., N. W., Washington, D. C.
Formats:   9 1/2 x 13"
Prices:   2c
Pagecounts:   16
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Family Fiction {Magazine}

Total Issues: 5?

Subtitled "stories for the family, for all moods, all ages and all tastes."

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1946 – Jun/Jul-1947, as Family Fiction Magazine: FictionMags Index
  Aug/Sep-1947 – Nov/Dec-1947?, as Family Fiction: FictionMags Index


  Dec-1946 – Jun/Jul-1947: Acorn Features, Chantry Close, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex
  Aug/Sep-1947 – Nov/Dec-1947?: Horbron Features, 149 Somerset St., Abertillery, Mons.


  Major H.R. Phillips







The Family Friend

Religious magazine that typically had a serial segment each month and the occasional short story. Advertised as "the biggest and brightest pennyworth for the Home Circle".

Issues & Index Sources

  1849 – 1852
  1852 – 1855
  1855 – 1861
  1862 – 1865
  1866 – 1867
  1870 – 1921: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 & 9 Paternoster Row, London E.C.


  Robert K. Philp (initially); J.A. Hammerton (in 1904)


  10" x 7"




  c. 24pp



The Family Herald

Total Issues: 4616?

The first English story paper, which featured several story supplements. See separate entry on Complete Story-Teller. Waite noted the first issue appeared in 1844, whilst Reed gives May-1843 as the first issue. Circulation was apparently 240,000 a week in 1855.

Issues & Index Sources:  17-Dec-1842 – Jul-1940
Publishers:   William Stevens
Formats:   folio at outset
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   weekly; monthly from Feb-1929

Family Herald and Weekly Star

Subtitled "Canada's National Farm Magazine", only about half-the publication was devoted to farming. In addition you had stories, Jeffery Farnol makes an appearance here, articles for women and for children, general interest items plus jokes and cartoons.

Issues & Index Sources:  1870 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Montreal Star Company
Formats:   tabloid
Pagecounts:   56pp
Frequency:   weekly

Family Herald Supplement

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Formats:   digest
Prices:   2d

The Family Journal

Total Issues: 1673

Issues & Index Sources

  8-May-1909 – 31-May-1941: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

#merges with The Home Companion


  Amalgamated Press



Family Journal (Canada)

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Prices:   25c

Family Journal Monthy (US)

Issues & Index Sources:  ? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Frequency:   monthly

The Family Pictorial

Issues & Index Sources:  20-Sep-1919 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Amalgamated Press
Pagecounts:   24pp
Frequency:   weekly

The Family Reader

Total Issues: 2400+

Issues & Index Sources

  1871 – 27-Mar-1920



Family Star

Story paper, mentioned by Orwell in 1940; "serials of 30,000 to 50,000 words with strong emotional and dramatic interest... shorts, 1000 to 3000 words with good romantic interest".

Issues & Index Sources:  1934 – 1977: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, Courier Place, Dundee
Frequency:   weekly

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