Little Gems is our ever-popular romantic short story contest.

Each year we have a ‘theme’ gem, the name of which must be included in the entry. Tip: You can gain extra marks if the gem (or gem name) is used creatively as an integral part of the story.

To see and purchase recent Little Gems anthologies, see our shop page.

     Little Gems Onyx 2017 Cover   

Enter : Romantic short story to 3,000 words max. M rating (mild to medium).

Theme Gem for 2019: Tiger’s Eye

Opens: 7 January 2019

Closes: 28 January 2019 (Midnight Sydney time)

Eligibility: all RWA members.

In addition, the top-scoring entries (12-14) as judged by a mix of reader and writer judges will be published in our annual Little Gems Anthology.

Each published entrant receives two hard copies of the publication.

Little Gems Terms & Conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting sample

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator Michelle Diener