The theme for this special contest is the holiday Valentine's Day (February 14th). Stories can be about romantic love, romance, drama, Valentine's Day mythology - anything associated with the holiday!
-- If you'd like to participate in this contest, please read this entire post. If you don't read the whole thing, you may miss out on important rules, rendering your story ineligible for the contest! --
You can begin submitting on (or before): January 14
The last day to submit is: February 5 at 11:59pm EST
Winners will be announced on: February 12
This contest will coexist with the usual monthly contest. A story may only win one or the other, not both contests simultaneously. The prizes for the top 3 stories will be the same as those awarded in the monthly contests:
First Place: $150 Cash PrizeSecond Place: $100 Cash PrizeThird Place: $75 Cash Prize
Submit your contest story in via your Control Panel New Story form, just as you would any story.
All rules for the monthly contests are in place. Like the Monthly contests, you can submit as many entries as you like. And like the Monthly contests, only one of your stories can place in the contest - that is, if you author the top two highest voted stories, only the top one will be eligible.
The only exceptions to the rules are:
• All submissions must be stand-alone stories created for this contest theme. We will not accept individual chapters of a larger work submitted separately. If you have a multi-chaptered contest-themed submission, please submit all chapters together as one story submission. • We will allow authors who have won in our monthly contests within the last 6 months to win in this special contest. However, if you have won a prize in one of the last two special contests, you are not eligible to win in this one.• A story has only to accrue 25 votes to be eligible, rather than the 50 required for the monthly contest.
The following guidelines also apply:
• Author must copy and paste the phrase "VALENTINES DAY 2021" to the "Notes to Admin" field of the submission (quotes are not needed). Again -- PLEASE do not forget to put the EXACT phrase "VALENTINES DAY 2021" IN THE "Notes to Admin" FIELD - NOT the description field or anywhere else. In fact, we recommend that you copy and paste to avoid typos. If it is not in the NOTES field – or if it's typoed - we cannot easily find your story and it may not be approved in a timely manner to be entered into the contest!!• Submissions must have a Valentine's Day theme: i.e. romantic love, relationship drama, Valentine's Day mythology, etc. Be creative! Please don't just submit a normal story that happens to take place on February 14th. That would not be in the spirit of the contest, and readers (aka voters) will likely punish you for your trickiness.
Any story that meets the above criteria will be automatically entered into the contest. Winners will be decided by reader input (aka votes).
Visit the Valentine's Day Official Support Thread, hosted by Oggbashan for more info and of course support and encouragement from your fellow authors.
Important Note: Once your story is submitted, it may take over 72 hours for it to be posted, or may be sent back to you for clarification/mending. We strongly suggest that you do not wait till the last day of the contest to submit your story. The sooner you submit, the better chance your story has of accruing the votes necessary to be eligible.
Good Luck to All, and Happy Writing!