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Submissions Open for Tell Me You Love Me Anthology!


What's this? Someone's putting together an anthology? All about love and romance? And submissions are open now?

Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

Well, what if I told you that I was the one putting together a romance anthology? And that anyone is allowed to submit their romance short story of up to 5k words between now and March 31st for a chance to be one of SIX stories selected to be published this coming June?

I dunno about y'all, but I'd be pretty excited if that were so.

And guess what?

IT IS!!!

YES! I had this crazy idea just the other day that it would be SO cool to put together several romantic short stories to share the love with the world! I was thinking about releasing it next Valentine's Day, but (1) that's so far awaaaayyyyy and (2) wouldn't it be lovely to put some God-honoring and pure romances out just when the world is celebrating evil and immoral relationships?

It would, so here we go! You, my friend, have been invited to submit your story highlighting the most beautiful and tender moment in which the words "I love you" are uttered (hence the title, Tell Me You Love Me)! If, of course, you detest romance or can't write more than your name, please do share this post with your friends!

Now, I know I've not made a lick of sense so far (I'm excited, can you tell?), so I'mma sum up what I've said so far and what my criteria is!

  • Submissions close March 31st

  • Only six stories will be selected the first of April

  • Each story must be no more than 5,000 words (if you do go little over, don't worry! I wouldn't want you to cut out anything that's necessary to your story!)

  • You can submit as many stories as you like, assuming you have more time than I do and can actually write multiple stories for one contest.

  • Any era or genre - historical, YA, fantasy - is accepted. In fact, the more diverse, the better! I want these stories to stand out!!

  • I'm talking clean, authentic Christian romance here - so no cheesy Hallmark relationships, flippant flings or one night stands, or immoral relationships. Your story must be God-honoring and portray a real, lasting romance that reflects God's love for His people!

When you're ready to submit, just click on the button below! (You can go ahead and save the submissions form to your bookmarks, of course, if you'd like!)

I can't wait to read y'all's stories and put this anthology together! THIS IS GONNA BE SO GREAT!!!! There may be a little something extra in there for the six selected authors, but I make no promises...there is, however, an amazing opportunity for new and emerging writers, a publishing credit for your resume, and bragging rights!

Anyway, enough jibber-jabber! Let's get writing!!!


Yours in spirit and script,

Grace


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Karynn Heckler
Apr 01, 2022

Hey Grace! I saw that on a different tab you will contact people after you get their submission and I submitted about two weeks ago and never got anything 😅

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Apr 01, 2022
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Ah, no worries then, girl! Thank you for the reminder, though! ;)

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Sydney O.
Mar 28, 2022

Ok, this sounds awesome! I have a questions though. Does the story have to strictly be romance or can it focus on familial love and relationships? I don't really enjoy writing romance, but I have a short story that fits perfectly with familial love. Figured it would be worth asking :)

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Sydney O.
Mar 28, 2022
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Yeah, that makes sense. Okay, thank you!

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Unknown member
Mar 08, 2022

WAIT WHAT HOW AM I JUST SEEING THIS?

This sounds amazing, Grace! <3333

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 09, 2022
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I DUNNO GIRL!

Aw, thank you!! <33333

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Katherine
Feb 26, 2022

OooOoo, this sounds SO exciting, Gracie!!!!!😀 And I LOVE the title you chose for it!!!!! I hope you get a lot of submissions!! ❤ And I'll put the link to this post at the footer on TWN. ;)

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Feb 26, 2022
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Thank youuuu!! I'm so glad you do!!! AAAH BLESS YOU PRECIOUS CHILD THANK YOU!!!!!!!! <33333

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Kenzie O'Brennan
Feb 19, 2022

I. love. writing. romance!!!!!! (I love reading it too. 🤣) This is such a great idea!!!! 😍 SO EXCITING!!!!

-Kenzie

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 15, 2022
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Good question, Kenzie! I actually have a contract I'll email to you for review! :)

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