Romantic Short Story Contest


The aim of this contest is to entice authors to explore the realm of emotion, specifically love and romance. Show us how it feels to fall in love, fight for it, or even lose it! The best submission will receive a 200 dollars prize. Chosen submissions will be published on the site for the Darling & Collins Community. Please read the contest guidelines, and once you’ve written your story, send it to us here.

Content guidelines:

There is no set theme. Any submission is accepted if it focuses on depicting romantic love in any way. Sexual scenes are permitted, but please stay in the realm of good taste.
Only unpublished works are accepted.
The work should be divided logically. Please check your grammar before sending your submission.
The number of submissions is not restricted, you may send as many submissions as you’d like.

Length: 5000-10000 words

File format must be Microsoft Word Document (doc, docx), ODF Text Document (odt), txt or HTML. Format: There are no restrictions on fonts and font-sizes. However, please do not use more than three types of fonts in your submissions.

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Participation is free.


The author whose work Darling and Collins select as the best will receive a 200 dollars prize, and publication on Darling & Collins.

Other high quality submissions will also be published.


You may submit your stories until February 28th, 2017. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

The announcement date will depend on the volume of submissions we receive. We will notify the participants of this date and other details about the contest via the email they have provided through the contest submission form.

You can send in your work through this form.

Start planning, start writing! We can’t wait to see what you create.