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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 Novella Contest

Inamorata Romance Books (an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing) is sponsoring it's first romantic novella contest. The contest is open to all writers, whether published or unpublished, and we are looking forward to reading some great romance tales!


CATEGORY: Robot Romance

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

  • All novellas must be centered around robots and must be romance oriented. Remember, romantic fiction, whether it's a short story or a novel, must follow certain traditional rules and guidelines. The heroine and hero of your story are the centerpiece. The storyline, although it too needs to be strong, is secondary to the relationship between our lovers. And romance novels almost always end up with a firm committment between the couple and end happily. The only difference here is that at least one (or both) of your main characters (heroine/hero) must be robots. So we're really looking at a science fiction/romance overlap.

  • Contest Deadline: July 1, 2010.

  • Your romance novella must be previously unpublished in print format.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.)

  • No erotica please. This is a category all of its own and has no proper place in a true romance novel. But sexy scenes, even love-making, is always a must element in romance novels. If you've never written romance, you need to do your homework and read a couple of books before starting your masterpiece.

  • By submitting your romance novella, you authorize us to reprint the entry (if we so desire) 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 your entry is in the top three or four stories received. We expect to release Robot Romance: 4 Novellas in the 4th quarter of 2010. (Check here for more information on copyrights.) All other rights remain yours. We only desire single time use rights.

  • All entries should be between 50-80 pages (12,500-20,000 words). This is based on the industry stardard submission rule of about 250 words per page. However, is not a strict guideline, but anything differing from these figures should be the exception rather than the rule and you should query first.

  • Once again, all Robot Romance novellas 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 novellas for this contest.

  • You may withdraw your entry from consideration at any point, but this request must be made in writing or by e-mail.

  • Winners will be notified within 60 days of the contest's end.

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

  • Include the title of your entry, your name, address and e-mail address. Also please specify that it is for the Robotic Romance Novella contest.

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

Prize Money is as follows:

  • Winning Entries: $50 and publication in Robot Romance: 4 Novellas and 2 free copies of the book once it has published. Winners will also be able to order the book at a steep discount from Stony Meadow Publishing if they so desire.

All prize money will be awarded upon publication of the book which should happen in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2010 depending on how many entries we receive. We reserve the right to extend the contest for lack of submissisons.

We accept only electronic submissions. Please send all entries, 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 submitted manuscripts must be in either .doc or rich text format.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2010

Coming Soon: More Romance Novella Contests

  • Sixguns and Sex

  • Witches & Warlocks

  • Paranormal Paramours

  • Vampire Vixens

  • Time Trippers


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

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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:

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Daytona Beach FL 32114



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