We're teaming up with Quill & Crow Publishing House to bring you this spooky poetry and short fiction competition inspired by Q&C's latest addition: Adrift on a Sea of Shadows by Spyder Collins.

In honor of the book's morbidly romantic overtones and the month of Valentine's, our competition theme is a Dark Romance poem or short fiction piece using the prompt "Darkest Depths."

A panel of four judges (2 representatives from Coffee, Book, & Candle and 2 from Quill & Crow) will critique each submission and choose the winners based on the following.

CONTEST RULES

  • One entry per person. Submit 1 poem not exceeding 20 lines OR 1 short fiction piece 1,500 words or less.

  • Must be in the US to receive prizes.

  • The term "darkest depths" does not have to appear in your submission, as long as it portrays the prompt in some way. All submissions must reflect the dark romance theme.

  • Submissions must be entered between January 25th and February 29th by 12AM EST (11PM CST).

  • All entries not adhering to the above rules are immediately disqualified.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Structure and flow - 5 pts

  • Interpretation of theme - 5 pts

  • Aesthetic and emotion - 5 pts

PRIZES

  • 1st Place: 1 copy of Adrift on a Sea of Shadows by Spyder Collins, 1 copy of The Ancient Ones by Cassandra L. Thompson, 1 copy of Bloodhound by Marie Casey, 1 copy of Rise of the Dark Goddess by Cassandra L. Thompson, plus spooky candle & bookmark.

  • 2nd Place: 1 copy of Rise of the Dark Goddess by Cassandra L. Thompson, plus spooky candle & bookmark.

  • 3rd Place: Spooky candle & bookmark.

  • Winners can also expect to be featured on the Coffee, Book, & Candle newsletter and website, and the 1st Place winner will feature on Quill and Crow.

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