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.

Enter using the entry button at the bottom of this page.

Theme for 2023: Silk

Opens: 17 October 2022 – 1700 Sydney time

Closes: 14 November 2022 – 1700 Sydney time

Eligibility: all RWA members.

Entry Fee: $39 per entry


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.

It is strongly suggested that, if you plan to enter, you read some of the previous anthologies, to get a feel for the variety of responses to the themes and story format which have previously been successful.

To see previous winners/anthology placegetters, check out our Winner’s Gallery.

To see and purchase paperback copies of recent Spicy Bites anthologies, see our shop page.

Or buy in Kindle (the most recent anthologies only) format on https://www.amazon.com.au (and other Amazon stores)

Leather – Kindle – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08F4FMFWC/

Denim – Kindle – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0992MQYZ7/







Sample Scoresheet

Formatting Example

Spicy Bites Terms & Conditions

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator Annette M Laarakkers

This contest will open at 1700 Sydney time, Monday 17 October 2022