Welcome to our pen pals section. It’s a little corner of the world where you can look for new friends with like-minded interests. For further info on how it works, check out our how to place a pen pal advert and how to reply to pen pals section below each letter.


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 306


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 307


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 308


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 309


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 310


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 311


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 312


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 313


open envelope icon with letter Pen pal number 314


All you need to do is send your advert along with your name and address (and email address if you want) to the Spectrum. You can use the Royal Mail or email. The next pen pal number will be attached to your advert when it arrives.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be able to pick up pen pal letters via the Royal Mail, so please use email instead. We understand you may be feeling anxious, worried or uncertain about the current situation. To help support you, we've put together a selection of tips, resources and contact information, which you can access here. 

Please note that the Spectrum does not print dating adverts, as it is unable to provide suitable support.

Those under the age of sixteen must have parental permission before placing a pen pal advertisment in the Spectrum. 

If you get no replies, please don't take this personally.

Our pen pal waiting list

We receive a high number of pen pal adverts. So if you place an advert with us, you may often have to wait until the next issue for your advert to be published. This applies to the website and the printed magazine, as we like to keep content consistent. We apologise for any stress or anxiety that this may cause, but please don't worry. We haven't forgotten you.

20 pen pal adverts have been held over for publication in the next four issues.

Place advert


Pen pal number 306

Hi, I’m Catherine and I’m 44 years old.

Born in Liverpool, live on the Isle of Wight. Would like to write to pen pals from England or Abroad. Happily married. Write to craft penpals. Enjoy reading, writing poems and stories. Travelling, watching films, shopping, making cards, painting, glass painting, adult colouring, jewellery making. Love animals, love walking, love hamsters. Take care,

love Cathy x



Pen pal number 307

Hi, I am Karlin from Malawi; I would like to meet with new people; I am 37 years old; I like sports, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching TV, museums, and nature.



Pen pal number 308

Hi, my name is Laura, I’m a 28-year-old with Asperger’s. I am a bit of a loner and have very few friends. I have had huge social difficulties my whole life and now in adulthood I struggle to hold down any job I have, purely due to my lack of social skills. I have been bullied at many workplaces and suffer with bad anxiety as a result. I am looking to reach out to anyone who can comprehend and understand these difficulties.



Pen pal number 309

Hello, my name is Paul. I was in a special needs class at school. I am looking for a penfriend. I do acting and drama, mainly comedy, and like to make people laugh.



Pen pal number 310

My name is Connor, I am 14 years old and live in Surrey. I was diagnosed with autism around the age of 11.

I really struggle with making friends and often feel lonely as no one wants to meet up with me. I often feel everyone hates me, which makes me feel down.

I am trying to learn the guitar, I like music like Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Beatles, Nirvana, and so on.

I like Doctor Who and writing stories. I also like playing games like Sims4 and Halo on the Xbox. I have recently been watching Stranger things and really enjoy it.

I’m interested in crime documentaries.

Would like to hear from anyone around the same age.



Pen pal number 311

My name is Salome and I am 13 years old from London. I like making animations, cooking, crafts, video games and making comics. I also love animals and birds. I am nice, friendly and kind. I sometimes feel different and find it hard to make friends.

I would like some girl pen friends around my own age to write to. I am really excited to find friends around the country who I can talk to.



Pen pal number 312

Hello my name is Thomas, but you can call me Tom. I live in Rutland in England.

When I was two-and-a-half years old I started showing symptoms of autism; my mum and dad had no idea what autism was. I was taken to the doctors’ and when I was five I was diagnosed with autism.

I like cooking, history, writing stories and running. I also do karate, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh award and park runs.

I have a pet hamster called Rover.

I am 14 years old.



Pen pal number 313

Hello, my name is Katy :-)

I am 18 and I was diagnosed with autism a few months ago. I would prefer a pen pal closer to my age, but I don’t mind too much if we get along.

I am taking a college course in performing arts and hope to one day pursue it further.

At least half of my life has been taken up obsessing over tv shows, books, games, and music. Essentially, I’m a huge fangirl . . .

I hope to hear from you soon :-) Byeeee.



Pen pal number 314

Hi, I’m Sophie I’m 32, was diagnosed 12 months ago with autism after struggling for years to get the correct diagnosis.

I’d love to chat to others in the same situation as I’m finding I feel very isolated.