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Short Story Contest 2013


Ever dreamt of writing a full-length romance novel? Even better, want to be a published author? Pageturn Publisher is on the lookout for their next best-selling authors - and that could be YOU! 

Pen down a hot, short and sweet romance story and send it in to the contest - and you stand a chance to win a book contract with Red Romances. Your short story also stands a chance to be published as a Red Romance Rush Hour Read.


Between 1,000 and 3,000 words, stories must be written to suit one of the following categories/ themes: 

1. Themes:

  • First love: Stories should focus on the first time the protagonists fall in love. The stories can focus on the present or a past memory, but attention should be given to the first flush of love. 
  • Arranged love: As you might have guessed, this is all about arranged marriages that end in a happy way (hopefully!). Matchmakers, matrimonial websites and relatives can play a part in bringing the protagonists together, but the focus should be on the hero and heroine and how they ultimately discover love together.
  • Twilight love: This is about love in the silver years. The stories can be of older people experiencing love for the first or second (or even third!) time. Singlehood, divorce, widow-hood, etc can be good points for a story to be built around for this theme. 
  • Second chances: Facing loss in love and then finding love again is the central focus for this theme. Break-ups, death, relocation, etc – the reasons for the loss has to be a strong one, but so does the way the second love comes into being.

2. The protagonists must be Indian, or have Indian roots. In other words, they must belong to a place or culture that Indian readers can empathise with. For example, your story could be set in exotic Spain, but your protagonists must be Indian or of Indian origin in some way. Eg:  Mother Indian, father Spanish.

3. Every entry must be accompanied by a signed declaration that your submission is an original work, written by you. If you are submitting your work by email, you must include a one-page attachment with the said letter.

4. Every entry must be written in MS word, Times New Roman – 12 point, with single line spacing. 

5. Manuscripts must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title of the story on the header or footer of the document. All other details must be included as a separate page (if sending by post) or as a separate word document if sending in by email.


1. The writer is free to adopt any style of writing – be it first person or third. The voice of the narrative can be innovative if necessary. 

2. Judges will look for fresh narrative voices and styles and creativity in the usage/depiction of the theme.

3. Whether suspense, drama, sentiment, emotion, erotica… the writer is free to explore the scope of his/her imagination within the given word limit.

4. Write your love story using the themes in any way that you want. Give romance your own individual twist.

5. For more details on structuring your story and language, refer to the Aspiring Writer’s Guidelines on the Pageturn website.

6. All the best!


1. This contest is open to all. There is no age restriction for participation.

2. Entries must be entirely your own work and never previously published or broadcast, online or offline. This includes blogs, websites and Facebook notes. 

3. Entries submitted to other contests – even if unsucessful – cannot be sent in here. The story has to be brand new.

4. You can submit as many entries as you wish in any of the categories, but each story must be submitted individually with all the necessary details included.

5. Entries submitted on behalf of somebody else will not be eligible.

6. Every entry must have your complete details as below, on the covering page. For email submissions, they can be sent in as a separate word document.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Profession
  • Address with pin code
  • Contact phone numbers/mobile
  • Mail id
  • Category under which your story is being submitted

7. There is no entry fee.

8. Opening date for submissions: 1 September 2013

9. Closing date: 20 September 2013. 

10. Entries can also be sent by email to, or by snail mail to:

        Pageturn Publisher Private Limited

       P.O. Box No. 5033, Chennai - 600 090. India. 

11. The organizers will not enter into any correspondence about entries or provide any feedback on individual entries. 

12. Any matters regarding copyright with regard to a submission, will be the responsibility of the participant. The publisher shall not be responsible for any legal dispute regarding any of the submissions/entries.

13. Employees of Pageturn Publisher and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the contest.


1. Entries will be numbered and cross-referenced with your personal details. After the anonymous reading and selections, your name and details will be retrieved if your entry has been chosen for the finalists.

2. The winners will be chosen anonymously by a panel of independent judges.

3. Four winning entries – one from each category – will be eligible for a publishing contract with Pageturn Publisher’s Red Romance imprint.

4. The winning short stories and runners-up will be part of the Red Romance imprint’s Bonus Story series and Red Rush Hour Reads for the mobile.

5. Other jury selections may be picked for publication selectively.

6. The decision of the jury and the publisher are final.

7. The results will be announced by email to the writers concerned, and announced on the Pageturn website/ Facebook page. 

8. The aim of this contest is to encourage the creation of excellent new romantic short stories. Organisation, reading and judging are done on a voluntary basis.

9. All rights reserved. The rights to the Contest and all accompanying materials belong Pageturn Publisher Pvt. Ltd.  We reserve the right, to the maximum extent permitted by law, in our sole discretion, to change these rules or cancel the Contest at any time. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry or be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person (including actions by you) and void all associated Entries. 

10. This Contest is governed by the laws of Chennai. As a condition of participating in this Contest, you agree, to the extent permitted by law, that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Chennai. 

11. By submitting an entry you agree to accept these rules in full.