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Forbidden Love

Contemporary Romance Contest

Prize

1st place: $2,000; 2nd place: $1,000; 3rd place: $500 x 2. Special prize: publishing of the book in paperback.

Dates

Submission period

27 Apr 2021 - 27 Oct 2021

Results announcement

Untill 23 Dec 2021

Details

Length

From 40000 characters

Genre

Contemporary Romance Contest

Rewards

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First place

$2,000 for the highest bookscription sales rate

Second place

$1,000

Third place

$500 x 2

Special prize

Translation of the book into Spanish, publishing it in paperback with “Nova Casa Editorial” publishing house and distribution of 200 paperback copies.

*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 after placing their stories on sale as completed books. 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, have been sold on bookscription exclusively on Booknet and signed as completed books, comply with the contest rules and are finished on time.

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

27 Apr 2021

Start of submission

27 May 2021

The official launch of the contest for readers

27 Oct 2021

End of submission period

25 Nov 2021

Finalists announcement

23 Dec 2021

Results

Stories accepted for participation:

We accept fictional Contemporary Romance books about contain love stories that are considered to be forbidden or are not approved by the society. Note, stories about incest, sexual content with participation of minors or severe abuse will not be accepted and will be blocked immediately on the site.

Examples of the stories we are looking for:

  • professor and student romance
  • poor and rich romance
  • age difference romance
  • forbidden romance on a working place
  • romance with a married man/woman

You may choose one of these scenarios or create your own that would correspond to the "Forbidden love" concept. All the events should take place nowadays.

Only novels that are being sold exclusively on bookscription can participate. The bookscription should not start earlier than April 1, 2021. 

The novels 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 guidelines.

We don't accept fanfiction, translations or not original stories. All stories must be written originally in English and have a finished plot in one book. They may be part of the series with different main characters, but can't be sequels or prequels of any other story or end on a cliffhanger. The contest is worldwide for authors over 18.

A novel's annotation (description) and tags (story about) must reflect clearly that its plot falls under the requirements above. The description of the book should mention in detail what the story is going to be about. Books with one-sentence descriptions will not be accepted.  By the end of the submission period, the participating stories have to be finished on Booknet. They have to be at least 300,000 characters long (around 55, 000 words).

Before the announcement of the results, the author undertakes not to publish their work anywhere else (except samples with up to 50,000 characters) nor sell it on any other site. Novels that violate this rule will be withdrawn from the contest.

To participate in the competition, you have to:

  1. Sign up on Booknet and achieve commercial status if you still don't have it.

  2. Publish on Booknet at least 40,000 characters of your novel (approx. 5,000 words). The video tutorial about how to publish your book on Booknet. Apply for bookscription (available only for authors with a commercial status on Booknet).

  3. When the bookscription sale starts, go to the contest page on Booknet and submit the book. 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. After the story is accepted, it must be updated regularly on Booknet till you complete it. Stories that are not being updated with 20, 000 characters per week may be withdrawn from the contest.

  4. When you complete your novel and apply for the sale as a completed book, 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. Also, attach the summary of your book that describes the plot of the book from the beginning till the end.

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.

By submitting your novel to the contest, the participant agrees with all its terms. If the author violates Terms of Use of Booknet, we reserve the right to withdraw their book from the competition.

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Jenna Kelly
06.05.2021, 10:12:14

Hi, I'm currently seventeen (17) and I'll be turning 18 (next feb, i.e. in 2022). Is there a way I can participate??

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Jessica Wright
28.04.2021, 08:07:17

So you have to have 100 followers and 80 regular readers just to enter this contest?

Alex admin
28.04.2021, 08:07:17

Author NK, Hi, in this contest only authors that already achieved a commercial status can participate.

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Elle Queen
04.05.2021, 13:40:16

Do we have to sell our book as ongoing bookscription, before submitting the story to contest?

Elle Queen
04.05.2021, 13:40:16

Neppi Sue, tank you for the response

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Preeti Shyamal
02.05.2021, 17:48:23

Hey , I m a newbie here. Can I join the contest if my story is deals with killing of unborn child because of revenge taken by any main character in the story? The story is like unaccpected love by society nd by the girl , later the main character succumbs to revenge.

Maryam Zahid
02.05.2021, 17:48:23

Preeti Shyamal, Yes, as long as the events are taking place in the present world and do not contain any fantasy elements, your story will work.

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Kajal Udhani
01.05.2021, 10:27:15

can i write the story on dark, cruel king and beautiful peasant? rich and poor in ancient world?

Kajal Udhani
01.05.2021, 10:27:15

Maryam Zahid, oh okay thank you

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Niharika Nafisa
27.04.2021, 16:53:14

Is it necessary for the books to go on bookscription?

The Scarlett
27.04.2021, 16:53:14

Niharika Nafisa, Ohh, sorry. I didn't checked your profile before answering.
I wish you great luck for the competition. Do your best..!

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bekky
29.04.2021, 20:58:38

Do you have to be over eighteen to participate.

The Scarlett
29.04.2021, 20:58:38

bekky, Yes dear. They clearly stated that in rules.

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Honey Sison
29.04.2021, 17:54:32

Do we need to add a specific tag in the book?

Maryam Zahid
29.04.2021, 17:54:32

Honey Sison, yes, the tags that supports the theme of the contest

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The Scarlett
29.04.2021, 15:23:28

I wanted to ask if you'll consider BL love storyline as forbidden love? Coz they many times suffer due to peoples rejection and stereotypes.

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Gegi Mei
28.04.2021, 20:24:01

Super excited about this!! Since I skipped the last contest, I want to try this one. I hope my story will get through. Good luck everybody!! Let's do it!!

Gegi Mei
28.04.2021, 20:24:01

The Scarlett, Have faith, you can do this! All the best for you too ... xoxo ...

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The Scarlett
28.04.2021, 02:19:01

Can we enter this competition with books on LGBT community? Sadly, society still sees their relations as taboo...

The Scarlett
28.04.2021, 02:19:01

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Maha Noor Malik
27.04.2021, 18:41:36

Is fantasy accepted?

Maha Noor Malik
27.04.2021, 18:41:36

The Scarlett, I understand. Thank you :-)

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Nina Rose
27.04.2021, 23:03:21

How do I attain commercial status on booknet

The Scarlett
27.04.2021, 23:03:21

Nina Rose, 1. Get 100 followers.
2. Write a book with minimum 2.4 lakh character's in it.
3. You must have at least 80 regular readers.
After fulfilling this all 3 conditions, you have to submit a form and give your details. You can get that form by clicking 'Commercial Account' option. It is in blue.
Best luck dear. Start soon if you want to join this contest.