About Our Contests
As Passionate Ink is a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, all entries to our contests The Passionate Plume and Sexy Scribbles must have central love stories as well as emotionally satisfying and optimistic “happily-ever-after” or “happily-for-now” endings.
Passionate Ink is a special interest chapter for writers of erotic romance, and defines erotic romance as follows:
Erotic romance: Stories about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. A happily-ever-after (or happily-for-now) resolution is a REQUIREMENT for the story to be an erotic romance.
Works of sexy/spicy romance are welcome in our contests.
Although Passionate Ink ascribes to the above definition of erotic romance, we recognize that we are uniquely positioned to support authors whose works are categorized on the hotter end of mainstream.
Sexy Romance: Stories about the development of a romantic relationship which have frequent and explicit sexual situations. The sex isn’t integral part of the plot (it could be removed or “toned down” without damaging the storyline), but greatly intensifies the romantic tension. A happily-ever-after or happily-for-now ending is a REQUIREMENT as this is a standard romance with hotter sex.
Our contests are not suitable for:
Erotica: Stories about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals. Emotion and character growth are important facets of erotica, however, the development of a romantic relationship is not essential. A happily-ever-after or happily-for-now ending is NOT an intrinsic element of erotica, though it can be included.
Do you have a sexy or erotic romance you’d like to submit?
- Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume Contest for Published Authors is the only contest in RWA catering exclusively to high-heat romances! See our contest rules for when and how to submit. Check out Passionate Plume past winners and finalists for some scorching reads!
- Passionate Ink’s Sexy Scribbles Contest is the only all erotic award in RWA for published AND unpublished authors! See our contest rules for when and how to submit. (Launched 2015!)