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Creative Writing Contests

Here is a list of our current contests for creative writers. The list includes contests for songwriters, poets and fiction writers. We have several new contest coming up including one for romance writers and another for Science Fiction Writers. Stay tuned for details regarding those contests.


Novella Contest for Romance Writers

Contest for Songwriters

Contest for Poets

Contest for Fiction Writers

Another Contest for Songwriters

Short Story Contest for Romance Writers

Poetry Contest for Romance Writers




Romance Short Story Contest

Inamorata Romance Books (an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing) is sponsoring its first romantic short story contest. The contest is open to all writers, whether published or unpublished, and we are looking forward to reading some great short stories!


  • All short stories must be submitted by the author holding the copyright. (If your short story is not copyrighted, don't worry. Copyright laws protect your work from the moment you started writing it.)


  • Contest Deadlines: The 1st of every month for the following month's contest. (The first contest ends March 1, 2010 and is our February contest since January is half over.)

  • Your romantic short story must be previously unpublished in print format. (Online publication is okay as long as you hold the copyright and are not bound by exclusivity to any person, party or website.)

  • By submitting your romantic short story, you authorize us to reprint the short story on one or more of our websites including, and/or You also give Stony Meadow Publishing and Inamorata Romance Books First North American Serial Rights if we decide to publish your story in an anthology series. (Check here for more information on copyrights.) All other rights remain yours. We only desire single time use rights.

  • All submitted short stories should be at least 2,000 words and should not be longer than about 6,000 words. This is not a strict guideline, but anything differing from these figures should be the exception rather than the rule.

  • Once again, all short stories need to be romance oriented and follow the guidelines for writing romantic fiction in general. (Remember, the heroine and hero always live happily ever after.)

  • Please submit no more than two short stories per month.

  • You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any point, but this request must be made in writing.

  • Winners will be notified within 30 days of the contest's end.

  • Submit all entries via e-mail to You can either copy your story into the e-mail of send it as an attachment in either in Word (.doc) format or (.rtf) rich text format.

  • Include your name, address and e-mail address.

  • Please use a serif type to format your short story. (i.e. Times Roman, Georgia, Courier).

Monthly Prize is as follows:

  • Monthly Winner: $20 and e-publication as the winning entry in the current month's contest. (Monthly winners may also be considered for eventual inclusion in an upcoming Anthology of Romance Short Stories Collection.)

All prize money will be awarded within 30 days of each contest end.

Please send all entires, questions and inquiries to We will also accept questions and queries by snail mail (Stony Meadow Publishing, 1690 Dunn Avenue #619, Daytona Beach, FL 32114), but all manuscripts must be in either .doc or rich text format.

DEADLINE: The First of Every Month


Current Contest Deadlines

Robotic Romance: A Contest for Romance Writers 07/01/2010
Songwriter's Inspirational Blurbs (Inspiration for Songwriters) 03/01/2010
Poet's Inspirational Blurbs (The Poet's Journal) 03/01/2010
Fiction Writer's Inspirational Blurbs (The Fiction Writer's Journal) 05/10/2010
Songwriter's Song Ideas (The Songwriter's Companion) 06/01/2010
Short Story Contest for Romance Writers Monthly
Poetry Contest for Romance Writers Monthly
Romance Writers Inspirational Blurbs mid-2010
Romance Writers "Romantic Openings" mid-2010

We are also accepting submissions for the horror genre under our Dark Moon Books Imprint.



Check here for our current contests for fiction writers!

Let The Muse Flow!



Dark Moon Digest

The Horror Fiction Quarterly

Original short stories, poetry, columns, contests and more!

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The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck by Stan Swanson

If you are a pre-teen or have one in your family who enjoys fantasy tales, pick up this book. It's funny and packed with just enough action to trigger the reading bug in any youngster. -- K. Fontenot


The Songwriter's Journal

Stan Swanson

The Songwriter's Journal by Stan Swanson

I just wrote my first week's song, and I'm having a hard time keeping myself from reading ahead to next week. In fact, if I didn't have other things to do, I could just cuddle up with this book for the winter and write one song after another. -- S. Lick


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This book is packed with innovative jet fuel that will set your mind soaring into the creative stratosphere. There are hundreds of imaginative ideas here to unlock the imagination. -- Bob Lind




Stony Meadow Publishing is only interested in mainstream commercial novels of 80,000-200,000 words. Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Crime, Science Fiction and Fantasy are our main interests.

We are also very partial to middle grade and young adult fiction.

No nonfiction please. (For horror, visit our Dark Moon Books imprint site.)

Please only send us the first 3 chapters as an attachment to your e-mail. In the body of your e-mail please include a detailed synopsis of each chapter (or scene) and a brief (150 words or less) biography at the end of your email. Do not send multiple submissions. In addition, we don't always have time to respond personally to each submission -- we do when we can, but don't expect a response. If we are interested in publishing your submission, we will contact you within 3 to 6 months of submission.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are acceptable, but you must make us aware of this in your e-mail and keep us apprised of your story's situation.


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Contact Information:

Stony Meadow Publishing

1690 Dunn Ave, #619

Daytona Beach FL 32114



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