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RWA's Little Gems Short Story Contest

Little Gems is our ever-popular romantic short story contest.

Each year we have a ‘theme’ gem, the name of which must be included in the entry. Tip: You can gain extra marks if the gem (or gem name) is used creatively as an integral part of the story.

To see and purchase recent Little Gems anthologies, see our shop page.

Enter : Romantic short story to 3000 words max. M rating (mild to medium).

Theme Gem for 2017: Onyx

Opening date:

9 January 2017. Emailed entries only, entry form is online.

Closing date:

Midnight Sydney time, 27 January 2017.


RWAust members only. All membership categories are eligible (Aspiring, Emerging and Established).


Entry fee:

RWAust members: AU$30 for each entry (Aust – GST incl.)

                             AU$27.27 (overseas entries – GST exempt)

 *Once you have registered and paid, you will receive an email of how and where to submit your entry.


Final Judge: TBA

Entry specifications:

A 3000 word romantic short story featuring the 2017 Gem – Onyx. Entries must mention the Onyx somewhere in the story and must be on the ‘sweet’ side – no sexually explicit scenes (rated higher than 'M') are allowed. 

No. of entries:

Maximum of TWO entries per person


1st  ~ $200

2nd ~ $100

3rd ~ $75

In addition, the top-scoring 12 to 14 stories will have the opportunity to be published in our Little Gems Onyx Anthology 2017.

*Please ensure you click through and read the following, as by entering this contest you accept these terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Sample Score Sheet

Formatting Sample

*There is a 30c registration fee from Trybooking on checkout.

RWA Contests
PO Box H120
Hurlstone Park, NSW 2193

Contact Details:

Contact: Lis Hoorweg