Seasonal Stories And Writing Around Events


seasonal stories

The fact that there is at least one TV channel dedicated to Christmas movies all year round proves that good seasonal stories are popular.

We know our readers love them!

Seasonal stories are important for us because they offer the reader a distinct background — whether it’s reading holiday stories in the summer, or imagining snow falling in the winter.

These stories naturally evoke memories and moods, as do storylines written around special events.

To help you with the latter, I thought I would highlight some examples of notable days we look to feature in “Friend” fiction.


January

New Year (December 31/ January 1)

Burns Night (January 25)

February

Valentine’s Day (February 14)

March

St David’s Day (March 1)

St Patrick’s Day (March 17)

Mother’s Day (fourth Sunday of Lent)

April

St George’s Day (April 23)

June

Father’s Day (third Sunday in June)

October

Hallowe’en (October 31)

November

Bonfire Night (November 5)

Remembrance Day (November 11)

St Andrew’s Day (November 30)

December

Advent (December 1-24)

Christmas (December 25)


There are other special occasion days, which alter depending on the year: Shrove Tuesday and Easter, for example.

Back-to-school days might prove a source of inspiration for stories, too. Or events like Royal Jubilees or Trooping The Colour.

Interfaith days might offer a different perspective.

And there are any number of sporting events to choose from: the Olympics, Wimbledon and the World Cup to name but a few.

Don’t forget International Days.

Though, to my mind, we haven’t had an International Talk Like A Pirate Day story . . . yet.

Please send in your seasonal and event-based stories to the magazine in plenty time.

We advise sending them six months in advance, to allow for the critiquing and, hopefully, buying of the stories further down the line.

Highlighting the special event on the story envelope is advisable, too.

For more on submitting stories to the “Friend”, see our guidelines here.

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Alan Spink

Alan is a member of the “Friend” Fiction Team. He enjoys working closely with writers and being part of the creative process which sees storytelling ideas come to fruition. A keen reader, he also writes fiction and enjoys watching football and movies in his spare time. His one aspiring tip to new writers is to “write from your imagination”.