65 days till the end of the submission period!

Beauty and the Beast

Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Contest

Prize

$1,500 for the 1st place, $1000 for the 2nd place, $500 for the 3rd place, $500 special prizes, $150 for all the finalists

Dates

Submission period

29 Jan 2021 - 04 May 2021

Results announcement

Untill 25 Jun 2021

Details

Length

From 25000 characters

Genre

Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Rewards

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1st place.

$1,500 for the first place

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2nd place.

$1,000 for the second place

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3rd place.

$500 for the third place

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Special prize.

An additional prize of $500 for 2 contest books with the highest bookscription sales rate

To apply for this prize you need to finish a bookscription till the end of the submission period. This prize can be given separately or additionally to one of the other prizes.

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Others

$150 for each finalist* (there’s no limit for the number of books in the finalist list)

Additionally, $150 for 3 most-liked stories** from the finalists' list

All finalists will be offered to sign a two-year agreement to make their submitted stories exclusive on Booknet and get a monetary reward of $150. The rewards will be given to a PayPal or Payoneer account made on the name of the participant. Finalists are the authors whose works are accepted to the contest, comply with the contest rules and are finished on time.

**The stories with the highest Booknet rating on 05 May 2021

When choosing a winner, judges will take into consideration the originality of the plot, the quality of the book and the readers' engagement (views, likes and promotion of the book by the author).

Contest dates

15 Jan 2021

Start of submission

29 Jan 2021

The official launch of the contest for readers

4 May 2021

End of submission period

2 Jun 2021

Finalists announcement

25 Jun 2021

Results

Stories accepted for participation

We accept fictional Fantasy and Paranormal Romantic Stories where one of the main characters (male or female) should be a vampire, werewolf, demon, dragon or a witch/witcher and the other one is a human. The story should have a Romance storyline. Books with other supernatural creatures will not be accepted. Events may take place in the real or fictional world. LGBT+ novels can also participate.

No novel will be accepted for participation if it has been started to publish before September 1 of 2020 anywhere on the Internet and has been published in full anywhere on the Internet before November 10 of 2020.

The novel may have mature content (you can find more information on this in the content guidelines on Booknet). The stories have to comply with Booknet's content guideline.

We don't accept fanfiction or translations. All stories must be written originally in English. The contest is worldwide for authors over 16.

A novel's annotation (description) and tags (story about) must reflect clearly that its plot falls under the requirements above and there is a Fantasy or Paranormal creature in it. If an annotation (description) does not reflect guidelines compliance, then this novel will be disqualified by the moderators. Novel’s tags must contain the name of the creature that is going to be the main character of the story.

By the end of the submission period, the participating stories have to be finished on Booknet. They have to be at least 200K characters long (around 45K words).

Before the announcement of the results, the author undertakes not to publish their work anywhere else (except samples with up to 5K words). Novels that violate this rule will be withdrawn from the contest.

The stories in the contest can be put behind the paywall if the author has commercial status on Booknet.

To participate in the competition, you have to:

  1. Sign up on Booknet.
  2. Publish on Booknet at least 25K characters of your novel (approx. 5K words). The video tutorial about how to publish your book on Booknet.
  3. Go to the contest page on Booknet and submit the book. Make sure your book has a cover and there is a title and your Booknet penname on it. One author can add to the contest up to 3 stories. As soon as moderators review the story, it will be added to the competition. The process can take up to 5 days. Note: you cannot submit a story that has not been updated for the last 2 weeks. Samples and stories on hold cannot participate. After the story is accepted, it must be updated regularly on Booknet till you complete it. Stories that are not being updated for more than a month may be withdrawn from the contest.
  4. When you complete your novel, mark it as “Completed” (option is available only on booknet.com, desktop version), you will have to send an email to the contest's moderator (contests@booknet.com) attaching a Word file with your completed book so that the jury can read your book and indicating a link to your profile and your penname on Booknet.
  5. After the moderator confirms that they have received your manuscript, sign in to your profile on booknet.com and fill in the form in the commercial account to be able to get a monetary prize.

If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments below. Questions that don’t concern the contest can be asked by writing to the technical support.

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By submitting your novel to the contest, the participant agrees with all its terms.

If the author violates Terms of Use of Booknet or the book has poor quality or abundance of grammatical errors we reserve the right to withdraw their book from the competition.

Comments on a contest:

Total number of threads: 165

Shinya Flynn 25.02.2021, 17:11:43

Hello,

I submitted my story for three times but still declined by the moderator. I think I already write it according to the contest rule, but still declined.

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Shinya Flynn 26.02.2021, 22:30:30

Alex, Okay, I'll try to change my description. Thank you Alex

Salem silver G 25.02.2021, 15:02:21

Hi want to know if I can post my book on another platform (advertise) which i submitted in the previous competition my love, my billionaire.
It is not among the finalist and still ongoing.

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Salem silver G 26.02.2021, 14:49:33

Alex, Okay, thanks very much.

Melissa N 25.02.2021, 22:29:58

hey. i submitted my story for the competition and it says that the part on "story about" should show the creature in the book. mine says "dragon in love with a human" which is true but the dragon has not come out yet in the first chapters i submitted. he comes out later in the story. and i think that's why it was declined. could you please clear this up for me?

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Melissa N 26.02.2021, 13:49:26

Alex, Ok thanks. i'll make the changes.

xinfiniteax 24.02.2021, 08:06:00

Hey I just wanted to know, that can the characters other that the main ones(let's take a vampire and a human) be of other supernatural race(witch) ,or they have to be of same race. Just wanted to clear this doubt.

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Alex admin 25.02.2021, 10:29:55

Sheetal Boity, Yes, you can.

Zelda Delaney 24.02.2021, 15:56:48

I want to know why my story was declined. I wrote the story with the purpose of this contest.

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Alex admin 25.02.2021, 10:29:30

Zelda Delaney, You call the character "burning angel", angels are not humans.

Ari Marah 24.02.2021, 00:41:20

Can one of my side characters be a Shaman? Similar to a psychic. Like a seer or a clairvoyant? Basically a human but with special abilities of sight?

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Alex admin 25.02.2021, 10:26:22

Ari Marah, We are looking for humans with no extra abilities.
All the books for the contest should be new, so it would not be a problem for you to write a new book that corresponds to the requirements of the contest.

elena riddle 24.02.2021, 16:22:20

Hi just wanted to know can I combine witch and vampire into one of the main character like hybrid

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Alex admin 24.02.2021, 16:50:34

elena riddle, Hi, yes, they can be hybrids.

Aurora Bluemoon 23.02.2021, 12:49:21

Hi booknet. I get notification that submission of my book to the contest is declined. Can you explain why it is declined? Please guide me regarding this...

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Maryam Zahid 24.02.2021, 10:27:14

Istoria Xander, Oh but definitely not as ordinary as me, I am only a B+ ;) Thankyou!

Eris Ellyense 23.02.2021, 02:06:05

Hi! I would like to know why my story got rejected. I was sure I complied with the 5k minimum to submit, the character of one supernatural person and one normal human being. While the guy reincarnates, the premise is that people from this alternate universe reincarnate. It is also from the fantasy genre. Thanks for replying.

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Eris Ellyense 24.02.2021, 02:20:18

Alex, Oh, I see. Okay, thank you.

Ananya Singh 23.02.2021, 16:48:24

Can I keep the main character as a demon and a side character as a dragon? Even though they both comply with the booknet requirements but I am unsure if I can use two different characters with different supernatural powers in my book.

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Ananya Singh 23.02.2021, 18:49:40

Alex, thankyou

Istoria Xander 23.02.2021, 11:48:01

Well, I didn't think a man's naked back (and nothing else) was considered inappropriate content, considering you can see that everywhere outside in summer, and I wouldn't consider a topless man "almost naked" but let's try again with a completely child-friendly cover, LOL. ;) :D Just to make it clear, I'm not trying to be cheeky. I'm totally fine complying with Booknet's requirements and that's what I've done immediately after getting the notification. I just found it a little amusing and I'm mentioning it here for anyone who hasn't submitted yet in case it's helpful - be veeeeerrry appropriate in your covers, folks, even if you think they're totally innocent. In my eyes the contest's own cover has about the same amount of suggestion of nudity but better dress everyone from head to toe, just to be safe. ;)

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Istoria Xander 23.02.2021, 18:01:24

Alex, Thanks, I did read them attentively. I just apparently did not understand them the same way you do. The only phrasing that applies here is "almost naked people" and "almost" is a word that is open to interpretation. I would personally not call a shirtless male "almost naked" if they are fully dressed from the waist down, which was the case. So I wasn't neglecting to read the rules or ignoring them. I also didn't argue with Booknet or get mad or complain - I went and complied with the terms as clarified within seconds and then thanked the site for their efficiency. So there's nothing to see here, I'm a good girl who plays by the rules and everyone's happy. All that my comment might do is inform someone like me and save everyone time as a lot of us get clarifications on similar things by reading each other's comments. :)

Mirza 23.02.2021, 16:46:14

Can new writers participate ?
Who don't have enough followers for commercial account

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Alex admin 23.02.2021, 17:11:39

Mirza, Hi, there is no need to have a commercial account, you can participate even though you are a new writer.

Riaan Myburgh 23.02.2021, 10:02:04

Hello all
ok just a quick question if I may

First time entering and first time submitting so just asking -

To qualify the story needs at least 5000 words correct ?
does the entire 45 000 word story need to be completed by the closing date ?

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Alex admin 23.02.2021, 11:13:18

Riaan Myburgh, Hello:
Publish on Booknet at least 25K characters of your novel (approx. 5K words) and submit it to the contest.
Finish the book on Booknet till the deadline with more than 200, 000 characters that are around 45, 000 words.
Note that 45, 000 words is an approximate number and if your book has more than 45, 000 words but is less than 200, 000 characters, it will not be qualified.

Andie Lane 22.02.2021, 10:42:46

I just wanna know when you won do you get the price money, as in like the money?

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Alex admin 23.02.2021, 11:11:01

Andie Lane, Go to booknet.com website desktop version, Sign in, My stories, Edit, Contents, Change book's status, Complete.

Nafisa Anjum Bidhu 21.02.2021, 06:18:03

I was submitting the first 4 chapters of my book. But accidentally I clicked on the save button without adding the cover. And now I can't even edit it. Please help. Also what should be the cover dimensions?

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Nafisa Anjum Bidhu 22.02.2021, 17:22:40

Alex, Thank You!

Elizabeth Meyer 22.02.2021, 08:32:49

Okay, so I have some questions.
1. The word limit of at least 200k, is it for the whole book or is it for one chapter published? 45k limit is for what?
2. What is this 5k limit? Per chapter?
3. Can it be slow burn romance? Or does it have to be all insta-love?
4. Does the story have to reach a conclusion at the end of the book? If the book is a part of a series, can it enter the competition? Or does all the other part of the series needed to be entered too?

It would be great if someone could answer them. Thank you.

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Alex admin 22.02.2021, 12:20:48

Elizabeth Meyer, Hi, the whole book must contain 200, 000 characters (approx 45, 000) words or more.
5, 000 words are permitted to publish on other sites.
It can be any type of Romance and be a part of the series.

Elizabeth Meyer 22.02.2021, 08:26:44

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Heena Kundra 20.02.2021, 19:07:56

Hi, may I know the reason why my book is not being selected? So that I can prepare my book according to your requirements?

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AnnaRCase guru 21.02.2021, 21:56:31

Heena Kundra, Hi. To start with is your book at least 5 thousand words? That is the minimum number required to enter the contest. Thanks

Rain Regen 21.02.2021, 13:26:03

Can my character that is a supernatural creature be non binary? That is, neither male nor female while their love interest is human.

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AnnaRCase guru 21.02.2021, 21:53:11

Rain Regen, Hi. I wouldn't see the problem in that so long as you follow the above rules and make your character one of the supernatural beings listed above. Thanks

Meedah 20.02.2021, 12:35:11

Is it late to join

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AnnaRCase guru 20.02.2021, 18:19:19

Meedah, Hi. You can still join. Thanks

LadyInRed 19.02.2021, 12:21:55

Is the contest requiring specific number of followers before one could join?

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Alex admin 19.02.2021, 16:14:12

LadyInRed, Hi, it does not.

Daisy Deveraux 18.02.2021, 14:23:10

Hey, unsure why my book was reject, would be grateful for clarification to rectify?

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Alex admin 18.02.2021, 15:51:04

Daisy Deveraux, Hi, according to the description of the book, it does not correspond to the requirements of the contest. Thanks.

Trixie Lu Raz 18.02.2021, 02:40:27

Hello, I am also unsure why my book is rejected. Can someone spell it out for me?

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Maryam Zahid 18.02.2021, 08:04:25

Trixie Lu Raz, Hey, the girl has been reborn. That doesnot make her an ordinary human.

Payal Mandal 17.02.2021, 17:35:32

Hello,

I want to ask that can a side character be a Vampire Hunter?

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Payal Mandal 17.02.2021, 19:05:38

Alex, okay, thank you :)

Anonymous Author 16.02.2021, 23:27:24

Not sure why my book got rejected within the first two chapters it describes the male character as supernatural and the female as an ordinary human, in the current chapter the male already shows a romantic connection towards the human girl (right now the human girl is still too scared to fall in love) but you guys rejected it saying that the annotation doesn't show a romantic relationship between supernatural and human. I need answers, please.

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Anonymous Author 17.02.2021, 12:46:59

Alex, Tnx. I updated it and now it's been accepted. Tnx.

Juniper Skies 16.02.2021, 00:20:49

I'm rejected again. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong. I've bulked out the story and fixed the description. It covers all the rules as far as I know

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Alex admin 16.02.2021, 17:40:51

Sonop Blom, You can give them special abilities, but you cannot make them look like any other species except the mentioned in the rules.

TheLazyGirl 16.02.2021, 16:27:41

Okay. In my Novel "Love Of Silence Between Us" the female is a human whereas the Male lead is a Werewolf. I have also clearly stated about paranormal tag and romantic tag. Not published anywhere. Uploaded more than 25k characters. Just not updated from the day of submission since I was waiting for selection. For 4 to 5 days. But, then I got it was rejected...? Completely disappointed.
I will submit once again after I update 2 or 3 more chapters... if I still got rejected... then Bye-Bye... I will just completly remove the book.
Anyway... somebody reply why I got rejected?

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Alex admin 16.02.2021, 17:39:30

TheLazyGirl, All books must be about Romance of an ordinary human with a supernatural creature mentioned in the rules. According to the description of your book, it is about Romance between supernatural creatures.
If you plan to submit the book with the same description, it will not be accepted anyway.

blaaackbirdie 11.02.2021, 21:21:08

can both characters be fantasy like a witch or vampire or werewolf

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Alex admin 16.02.2021, 15:30:19

Sonop Blom, Hi, it should be a human from the beginning till the end.

Miizuu 16.02.2021, 04:51:52

hi! i would like to know if the 25k characters requirement have included spaces or not?

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Maryam Zahid 16.02.2021, 10:36:32

Miizuu, Included

Abby Yao 12.02.2021, 19:11:01

I have a question. It says that there are specified species for one of the main characters and the other has to be human, but what about side characters? Can the side characters be a creature not specified in the list, like let's say an elf or an angel?

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Alex admin 15.02.2021, 19:41:54

Abby Yao, Hi, both main and supporting characters should be only those mentioned in the list in the rules.

Widad Akram 14.02.2021, 13:45:04

You could be the character a mermaid with a human character and a love story between them with a threat from the villain.

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Alex admin 15.02.2021, 19:41:17

Widad Akram, Hi, the supernatural creature can be only the one from the list mentioned in the rules.

Anonymous Author 14.02.2021, 15:24:06

I just submit my story Beautiful Beast. Holding thumbs that it gets approved.
https://booknet.com/en/book/beautiful-beast-b313202

Gayathri Gobinathan 12.02.2021, 07:34:44

Hi... i have submitted my story for the contest and the request got rejected since i forgot to add my name into the cover... i have rectified the mistake now. So, do i have to take back the original request and make a new one or will it be processed automatically once again?

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AnnaRCase guru 14.02.2021, 01:02:20

Gayathri Gobinathan, Hi. You have to cancel your first request then resubmit. Thanks

Oliver J. Everett 10.02.2021, 22:50:09

Posting this again as no one has yet gotten back to me but admins are active:
Hi, I got a new reason for declining this time! This time it was listed as "does not correspond to the requirements of the contest."
- Fantasy & paranormal romantic stories where one main character is from the specific list --> Yes, they are a vampire.
- The other character in the romance should be human --> Yes, they are.
- The story should have a romance storyline --> Yes, it does, I just need to have them spend time together so that can develop, but there's already discussions of fate so I am unsure how to make it more romantic whilst remaining natural
- Events may occur in real or fictional world --> Yep, a fictional world.

My annotation/description AND tags effectively reflect the slow build-up of romance between the characters and the intense nature of the world they are in. Overly romanticising the description beyond what I've done won't feel right with what I am doing as it's gradual.
I just do not understand why it keeps getting rejected. Do they only want one specific type of romantic situation? If so, the rules should explicitly say as such.
Specifics are necessary.

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Oliver J. Everett 11.02.2021, 21:47:12

Alex, Thank you for your assistance.

Casey Denver 09.02.2021, 11:30:01

Hi, where do I get a cover for my story? Should I supply one mysel

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Casey Denver 11.02.2021, 11:45:25

Anonymous Author, Will get back to you thanks

Widad Akram 11.02.2021, 05:56:13

I tried to submit my story to the competition but it was required to be complete, while there are incomplete stories What is it that are the reason for the rejection

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AnnaRCase guru 11.02.2021, 07:05:56

Widad Akram, Hi. I'm not a judge or moderator but I had a look at your entry. Firstly you have to post at least 5k words to submit your story to the contest. Second the human love interest in your book has to be ordinary with no special abilities. Your character is a half human with magic, making your book ineligible for this contest. Thanks

Anonymous Author 09.02.2021, 22:57:50

I just started writing my book and would like to confirm something. Am I allowed to have witches (enchantress), Vampires, Werewolves, and vampire-werewolf-hybrids? (So basically all three plus the combined)

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Anonymous Author 10.02.2021, 22:24:01

Alex, Thank you for your response.

Angelic Emman 10.02.2021, 19:07:13

It says authors above 16 (Below 18) can take part. But only 18+ authors can submit the commercial form. What to do?

Aayushi Jangid 10.02.2021, 16:43:59

To take part in beauty and the beast contest you need to make commercial account or not? because I am new on booknet and also I published 2 chapters of my book but it's not showing in the contest lists. why?

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Alex admin 10.02.2021, 17:01:12

Aayushi Jangid, Hi, you don't need to have a commercial account to participate.
You must follow the steps indicated in the rules to see your book on this page.

LK du Plessis 10.02.2021, 13:36:17

how long does it take for the moderators to accept or decline an entry?

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Alex admin 10.02.2021, 17:00:23

LK du Plessis, Hi, up to 5 business days.

Zhea Cabodbod II 10.02.2021, 10:32:03

I was motivated, will start.

Foxylady 09.02.2021, 12:32:40

My book has been rejected multiple times. First my cover was wrong now they are saying that it has to be based on a paranormal romance. I am working up to that slowly. Trying to set the stage first then after they meet, their romantic relationship will start but very slowly. The romance is between a human and a vampire King. Been working on this since this weekend and it is getting frustrating.

Elora Brynli 09.02.2021, 12:14:42

Hi, pls read my book entitled 'He's the One!' just submitted it few days ago. It's my FIRST book. Hope you will like it. Still new here, so I would also love to Follow others work. Thanks in advance.

Reeta Singh 08.02.2021, 19:22:00

Hi. I want to know to know whether it is allowed to post the description, or a sample(initial 2 to 3 chapters) or a few quotes from the book that has been selected in the contest, on social media pages or other sites for the promotion of the book. Also, is it allowed to mention there that the book is in a contest?

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Reeta Singh 09.02.2021, 10:47:11

Alex, Thank you for the reply.

Juniper Skies 08.02.2021, 13:14:44

My story was rejected once again. Can someone tell me why so I can improve on it? It just says declined and I'm confused

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Alex admin 09.02.2021, 10:15:55

Juniper Skies, You can participate with a new book. Thanks.

Foxylady 08.02.2021, 18:55:02

I read the rules on this multiple times and have not seen if the human in the story is allowed to be turned into the LI's supernatural species with in the story. Can they be changed or do they have to remain human?

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Maryam Zahid 09.02.2021, 09:17:31

Foxylady, hey, I believe they have to remain a human throughout the story.

Jessica Wright 20.01.2021, 19:54:05

Has anyone had their story accepted yet? I got rejected, so I'd like to see one that did it right to help figure out what I did wrong

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Elora Brynli 09.02.2021, 09:11:46

Tasha Khatib, Can I have the name of your book? I'd like to follow you.

Oliver J. Everett 08.02.2021, 23:40:54

Hi, I got a new reason for declining this time! Mixing things up, keeping it fresh. This time it was listed as "does not correspond to the requirements of the contest."
- Fantasy & paranormal romantic stories where one main character is from the specific list --> Yes, they are a vampire.
- The other character in the romance should be human --> Yes, they are.
- The story should have a romance storyline --> Yes, it does, I just need to have them spend time together so that can develop, but there's already discussions of fate so I am unsure how to make it more romantic whilst remaining natural
- Events may occur in real or fictional world --> Yep, a fictional world.

My annotation/description AND tags effectively reflect the slow build-up of romance between the characters and the intense nature of the world they are in. Overly romanticising the description beyond what I've done won't feel right with what I am doing as it's gradual.
I just do not understand why it keeps getting rejected. Do they only want one specific type of romantic situation? If so, the rules should explicitly say as such.

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Aayushi Jangid 08.02.2021, 06:27:18

I participated in the contest and I submitted my first page of my book but why my book is not showing in the contest?

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Maryam Zahid 08.02.2021, 15:26:29

Aayushi Jangid, You have to submit atleast 25k characters to qualify