Our Little Gems has been our ever-popular romantic short story contest for the past fifteen years.

In 2020 we are changing our Little Gems to explore a new avenue and we introduce the new short story contest as Sweet Treats.

Enter : Romantic short story to 3,000 words max. that uses the term cupcake as an integral part of the story and must be on the sweet side, that is, a medium heat level with no sexually explicit scenes allowed.

Theme for 2020: Cupcakes

Opens: 6 January 2020

Closes: 26 January 2020 (11.59 pm Sydney time)

Eligibility: all RWA members.

Entry Fee: $33 per entry

In addition, the top-scoring entries (12-14) as judged by a mix of reader and writer judges will be published in our annual Sweet Treats 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 and purchase paperback copies of recent Little Gems anthologies, see our shop page.

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

Tiger’s Eye – Kindle – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07VZWL1MW/

– Paperback – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0648587703/

Little Gems Onyx 2017 Cover   

Sweet Treats Terms & Conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting sample

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator Paquita Fadden

Entries for this contest opened on 6 January 2020.

Entries for this contest closed at 11.59 pm on 26 January (Sydney time).