21st December. It’s the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and today there are just under eight hours of daylight in London
Because most writers love a prompt to get them going here’s a list of prompts, one for each daylight hour. Maybe if you have some time today, see if you can write a rough draft inspired by one of them. Our 2022 Award ends on 11th April, so plenty of time to finish it.
Write a short story which begins at sunrise on the winter solstice and ends at sunset.
Write a happy and hopeful short story involving an incident on the shortest day.
Write a short story based around Stonehenge with nods to Thomas Hardy.
Write a short story involving an illicit solstice party.
Write a short story involving a solstice tradition in another country.
Write a story about the beginning and the end of a relationship in eight paragraphs with eight snatches of dialogue.
Write a wintry short story from the point of view of an eight year old child.
Write an historical short story with a title that includes a character’s name and the word ‘light’.
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Write fast, don’t worry about whether it makes sense, this is just your first draft a chance for you to play.
Happy Winter Solstice!