Our erotic romance short story contest is now firmly established as part of our annual contest offerings.

Each year we have a ‘theme’, which must feature in the story. Tip: You can gain extra marks if the theme is used creatively as an integral part of the story.


Enter : An erotic romance short story 3,000-5,000 words. The story must be a romance (HEA/HFN) with a sexually explicit storyline. All subgenres.

Theme for 2020: Leather

Opens: 6 January 2020

Closes: 26 January 2020 (Midnight Sydney time)

Eligibility: all RWA members.

In addition, the top-scoring entries (10-14) as judged by a mix of reader and writer judges will be published in our annual Spicy Bites Anthology.

Each published entrant receives two hard copies of the publication.

Sample Scoresheet

Formatting Example

Spicy Bites Terms & Conditions

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator Jillian Jones

Entries for this contest open on 6 January 2020