Writing Prompt Story Starter: Here Comes Summer

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Welcome to our weekly writing prompt!

Thinking Ahead

Here on the Fiction Desk, we’re always thinking ahead.

We always advise sending your story in six months before the issue you’d like it to appear in.

At the time of writing, I’m already planning well into April, for our weekly issues, and well into June, for our Specials.

There are of course, already stories in our reading queues, awaiting attention.

So now is a good time to start thinking about stories set in summer.

Summer Time

We’ve only just said goodbye to January, and are still looking forward to Spring.

So here are some prompts to help get you into ‘summer’ mode. Hope you find them helpful!

Summer fayres. Bunting. Cream teas and home baking.

Summer food – strawberries at Wimbledon. Barbecues. Ice-cream.

Candy floss at the fair.

Sunny days and lighter nights.

On The Beach

Midsummer. St Swithin’s Day.

End of term. Sports day. Prize giving.

Days at the beach. City breaks. Holidays in the sun. A story set on a cruise?

Grand hotels. B&Bs. Tents.

Swimming. More time in the garden. Mowing the lawn.

Family holidays. Sand in the sandwiches. Are we there yet?

Summer In The Past

We welcome stories with a historical setting, as well as stories set in the present day.

So, summer in the past – whose story would you like to tell?

Your story can be set anywhere, too – home, or abroad.

Whatever The Season

Whatever season you’re writing for, always keep our reader at heart.

What would she like to read about?

What type of characters would appeal to her?

We look for a mix of genres;  your summer story might be a romance, or a cosy crime; a story with lots of drama, or something more reflective.

Best of luck!



Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!