Behold! It is February, and you know what that means. That’s right, Groundhog’s Day. Time to cuddle up on the couch and watch the movie every single day of the month.

Also, maybe you could find time to submit to this month’s Romantic Short Story contest. Really, the human heart is the catalyst for all great stories throughout time. The heart can drive someone to be heroic or spiteful, caring or murderous, charitable or greedy. However, the heart’s most famous attribute is its desire for connection, and that’s this month’s theme. Time to write a story of hearts coming together and finding connection, no matter what it looks like and no matter how much they’ve been torn apart in the past.


First Place

  • $100 (USD)*
  • Custom Cover Design
  • Permanent place on the Prose Opiate Homepage**
  • Author Spotlight Interview

    *All prize money delivered securely via PayPal. Winning contestants must have an active Paypal account to receive prize money.
    **Author retains all rights to their work. Prose Opiate will never retain or distribute your work without your permission.

Just for participating:
The Prose Opiate staff reads all contest entries and will respond to all contestants with a professionally edited manuscript and suggestions on how you can grow and improve as a writer! Keep practicing! There will be another contest next month!


  • Story must be less than 5,000 words
  • Must possess themes and tropes common to the Romance genre
  • Authors of any age can enter
  • Mixing of genres is allowed
  • Only one entry per contestant
  • Must be submitted before February 28th, 2021
  • Must be an original work. Plagiarized works will not be considered.


Submit your manuscript via email to proseopiate.submissions@gmail.com

Story can be submitted as an attached document or pasted into the body of the email.

Be sure to include your pen name and the official title of your manuscript.

You will receive emails from our staff containing your edited manuscript and correspondence coordinating the transference of prize materials, so use an email that you check regularly.



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All current participants and their stories are listed here. Check back regularly to see what stage of the review process your entry has reached!


J.M. Stephens

(Title of Manuscript)

The Taxi Driver



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