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Writing LOVE  

500 Word Short Story Contest

Are you an author who loves LOVE? Do you have an idea for a super short story that needs to be shared with the world? If you answered yes to both of those questions this contest is for you!


Writing LOVE is a 500 word short story contest. The story can be fiction or non-fiction as long as it includes an element of love. The element of love can be a love of anything. A love for life, for nature, for a life partner, for peace, for justice, for a passion... The story also doesn't need to be about love, it just has to have an element of it. All genres welcome!




$500 USD to the winner.

$150 USD to the runner up.



500 word short story including an element of love.


Anyone in the world who loves writing short stories that capture an audience. See the Rules for more information.



Sadie Tells Stories will be accepting submissions for the Writing LOVE Short Story Competition from September 5th 2023 until 11:59pm PDT on November 15th 2023. The winners will be notified by December 20th 2023.



It’s easy!

Write a super short story that includes an element of love. 

Pay the $10 USD entry fee.

Use the form to submit your story. 


Financial Assistance

There are 10 spaces for those writers who know they have some magic to share but can’t afford the fee. Send an email to


The Rules

All decisions are final! 


All payments are final and nonrefundable.


To be eligible, entries must be under 500 words and include an element of love. Stories can be either fiction or non-fiction They must be submitted on or before November 15th 2023 and the entrant must have paid the $10 USD submission fee prior to submitting. 


Entrants can submit as many times as they like, but the fee of $10 must be paid with each new submission.


All entries must be submitted using the online form. If you need some help, please don’t hesitate to email or call Sadie. She can help you get your story submitted!


There are 2 cash prizes: $500 USD for the winner and $150 USD for the runner up.


When you submit you are automatically added to receive the Sadie Tells Stories newsletter. You can unsubscribe anytime, but you might want to stay on it until the contest results have been shared.

Sadie Tells Stories reserves the right to cancel this contest at anytime. Upon cancellation all submission fees will be returned.


Copyright - By submitting an entry you give Sadie Tells Stories permission to use your entry in the following ways: Winning stories will be announced in the Sadie Tells Stories Newsletter and shared on the Sadie Tells Stories website. Writers retain copyright of their stories and we encourage you to submit your story to other contests at anytime. 

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