Romance Alliance Award

This Patreon funded award about love and duty is due 1 October 2017.


Short List

Love & Duty | CR Gardner
My Wedding Day | Nick Lachmund
Bitter Sweet | Iain D Chalmers

Writing Prompt

History is rife with unions made not from love but power and politics. But what if under such arrangements, romance did flourish?

Writing about a historical or mythical event, weave a story about love and romance as a crux to an alliance. As with all our romance awards, a nod towards something new, unknown and exciting is always welcome.

Inspiration for your muse

  • Forbidden loves and hidden hearts
  • Duty and honour
  • A story we thought we knew
  • Modern adaptations for long awaited change.

Remember, all shortlisted authors share in the prize pool. See below for more.


Cross genre with anything and romance.

Word Count

Up to 850 of your best words.

Due Date

This award is due 1 October 2017


You must be a backer of our Patreon award prize pool to enter. Minimum $1. Find out more here.


  • First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.
  • All entries receive feedback from judges by request.
  • All shortlisted authors receive an equal share of our Patreon prize pool for that award.

Entry Format



A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name
  • Patreon name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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