’s birthday. The four-day weekend brings us
Valentine’s Day as well as President’s Day. Holidays represent a great opportunity
for writing a nonfiction piece, or providing setting for a short story or even
a novel. Lincoln
Most nonfiction publications favor holiday submissions, Christmas being the most popular. However, tip number one, make certain to follow the guidelines. Usually magazines and anthologies will give you submission deadlines. Don’t submit either before or after them. It’s an automatic rejection.
Second, if there are no guidelines provided, plan to submit at least six months in advance of the particular holiday--with some publications, even earlier. Novels are different, of course. Even if you’re self-publishing, you need to figure out how much time is required. You don’t want your Christmas story published on July 4th.
Third, make certain that the reference to the holiday appears both in the submission/query letter as well as the subject line if you’re e-mailing. Editors need that info upfront.
Here are two current markets that specifically want holiday writing:
For short story submissions, check out King’s River Life which, although not a paying market, publishes numerous holiday mystery stories and gives exposure in the form of publicity:
My Valentine’s Day story which is a reprint is provided for free there today. It will give you an idea of what they like to publish:
For a lucrative nonfiction paying market, check out Chicken Soup which right now is again looking for holiday stories:
”We are now collecting stories for our next
Their deadline date for story and poems submissions is
April 30, 2016.
If you’re of a mind to read some romantic short stories to celebrate Valentine’s Day consider my collection BEYOND THE BO TREE, a fun book that combines romance, mystery, fantasy and the paranormal:
For teenage girls and their mothers to share, THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER is a clean read romance available in all e-book formats plus print:
STACY’S SONG, another YA romance/coming-of-age novel, is also available from Clean Reads Press:
For readers who enjoy adult romance and paranormal thrillers, check out my recent novel DARK MOON RISING available in print and all ebook formats:
Also available through the publisher Luminosity:
My most recent published novel is a romantic Western thriller
published by Five Star/Cengage, available in both hardcover and
ebook: KILLING LAND
Are there any holidays you particularly like to read or write about?