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Let’s Get It On… Paper – Romance Writing Contest 2020

(February 14, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – When the Writers’ Alliance and Black Ink Romance asked local authors to show us how you love by submitting sweet or steamy stories to our 2020 Valentine’s Day writing contest, we never could have imagined such an overwhelmingly positive response to our query!
This year’s writing contest yielded a whopping TWENTY-FIVE stellar submissions, leaving our jury of best-selling and award-winning authors with the very tough job of determining the top five entries.

All writers were invited to attend our Valentine’s Day event, held at Boca Tapas Bar in downtown St. John’s on Wednesday, February 12.

The top five submitters read their submissions aloud for the gathered crew filling up the small underground restaurant. After the readings, the audience voted on their favourites, leaving us with a top five, and their prizes listed below:

First: Ryan Belbin

• Manuscript Evaluation provided by Black Ink Romance
• Consultation on taxes and accounting for writers with Pauline Martin Gift Certificate from Ches’s Fish and Chips ($50 value)
• 2 Cineplex movie tickets (Provided by CAA Atlantic St. John’s)

Second: Linda Chafe
• Lunch and talking writing and romance with the ladies of Black Ink Tvål Skincare Deluxe Gift Pack ($50 value)
• 2 Cineplex movie tickets (Provided by CAA Atlantic St. John’s)
• Cotton Club Gift Pack: Entry for four people & two buckets of domestic beer (8 beer total) ($70 value)

Third: Jill Brown
(read by WANL Membership Services Coordinator Wendy Rose)

• Gift basket provided by Black Ink Romance
• 2 Cineplex movie tickets (Provided by CAA Atlantic St. John’s)

Fourth and Fifth: Connie Boland (read by WANL President Kelley Power), AJ Churchill
Selection of books from Newfoundland authors (Provided by WANL)

Congrats to all of our amazing participants! And a HUGE thank you to our sponsors:
Black Ink RomanceCAA AtlanticChes’s Famous Fish & ChipsTVAL SkincareThe Cotton Club, Pauline Martin, Boca Tapas Bar, and our host, CBC’s Heather Barrett.

We’re already stoked on next year’s Valentine’s Day writing contest! Get brainstorming! 🙂

‘Let’s Get It On… Paper’
A Romance Writing Contest

(January 16, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – The Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is passionate about passion! And we want to share in the love with Newfoundland and Labrador romance authors.

Whether you’re an established, published author or an emerging, aspiring writer, we want your best romantic scene, to a maximum of 1,000 words. We’re looking for swoon-worthy, polished submissions.

What’s in it for you? The chance to have your work reviewed by internationally bestselling and award-winning authors from local romance publisher, Black Ink Romance, not to mention some incredible prizes!

♥ USA Today Bestselling author, Victoria Barbour ♥
♥ Bestselling author, Melanie Martin ♥
♥ Internationally bestselling/award-winning author, Kate Robbins ♥

Our top five submissions will be announced at an upcoming romance-themed event:
7 p.m. on Valentine’s Eve, Feb. 12th at Boca Tapas Bar in downtown St. John’s.

Writers of the top selected submissions will be invited to read their work for an audience vote!
The top three audience favourites will receive prizes and of course, bragging rights!
Stay tuned for more information on this event and the amazing prizes.

Are you interested in submitting but do not live in or are unable to travel to the St. John’s area?
No problem. We’ll arrange a reader for you.


Send your steamy or sweet pages in a word document or PDF file to
Please make the subject line “WANL Valentines Submission.”

The contest closes Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., NST.
Must be 19+ years of age and resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Get to writing and show us how you love, Newfoundland and Labrador!

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