And yes, I do mean the winter/Christmas/Thanksgiving/Hannukka/Samhain/Diwali/Hogmanay/New Year/Kwanzaa/Chinese New Year/Solstice/Saturnalia/Festivus November/December/January type of holiday.
If you ever think of submitting your stories to literary magazines, contests, anthologies, or other publications, you need to know two things:
- They are often themed and holiday stories are always popular,
- Your story needs to be written, edited, submitted, selected, corrected, and green lit, month in advance of the actual holiday.
Write your December stories now. Time’s running out.
Write A Story Tied To A Holiday That Takes Place In November/December/January/February
- Evoke the sights, smells, sounds and emotions you associate with that holiday.
- Put on some appropriate holiday music to get you in the mood.
- Go beyond the obvious idea for the story associated with your chosen holiday. No saccharine tales of redemption or bitter humbug retellings of A Christmas Carol, for us!
- Make the characters stronger than the trappings of the holiday.
- Write the story for someone who has never participated in your holiday traditions. Show them what it’s like to be you at Christmas/Hanukkah/Hogmanay/Groundhog Day.
Need more tips? Here’s a podcast episode that talks you through it:
Which holiday did you choose? What did you do to get in the mood? Do you think you’ll revise and submit this story to a publication? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation in the Community.