Announcing the Fabled Writer's Contest

Hello Episode Authors,

It’s time to start the next Writer’s Contest! This time the theme is Fabled!

Contest Intro

Weave your own magical romance inspired by classic fables and legends. Who will your MC meet? Is it a student who discovers an ancient book of spells? An attractive fey? A brooding werewolf stranger? Or maybe a pop star who’s secretly a siren…

Story Guidelines

  1. Your story must have “Fabled” in the title. Stories without “Fabled:” in the title will be disqualified. While not required for entry it is strongly recommended that you format your title like this - “Fabled: TITLE HERE.” This will help readers search for your story and identify it as a contest entry.

  2. Your story should be within the Fantasy Romance genre, and this should be the primary focus of your story. However, you can absolutely include elements from other genres in your story.

  3. The main character and love interest must be introduced in the first episode.

  4. You may write in either Cinematic (full-body, animated) or Spotlight (animated upper bodies) Styles or a combo of the two.

  5. We love to see diverse characters in your stories! For example, characters who are people of color, non-heteronormative, or are of varying religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, just to name a few! Fables and legends from all cultures are welcome and encouraged!

  6. You may NOT use or re-title a previously published story. This must be a new, original work not previously been published to Episode or other platforms. Sequels, prequels, spin-offs, etc. are also not allowed.

  7. If you are an official Episode Director or Writer, you may enter the contest, but only with original work created outside the scope of your contract with us.

  8. Be sure that your story follows our content guidelines. Stories that do not follow or which violate our Content Guidelines may be disqualified and/or have their story removed from the app. If you have any doubts or questions about whether elements or themes of your story fit with our Content Guidelines please contact the Episode Review team here.

Please be aware that our team will not answer any questions regarding specific plot points and whether they meet the requirements of the contest.

Story Requirements

  1. There is a length requirement for this contest. You need to have 3 completed chapters published by the entry deadline. Your story may be a complete short story or can be continued once the contest is over. You CAN publish new chapters during the judging period; however, you may not substantially alter or change your (first) 3 published chapters after the deadline (other than to make minor corrections).
  2. Gem choices are not required unless you are going for the Commissions prize as detailed below. Please see the Contest Prize section for more information.

Entering the Contest

  1. You must completely fill out this Google form to enter. In the event that you send the wrong link or make a mistake on your entry form, please send your story title, email address and the correct link in a support ticket so we can update your entry.
  2. The submission window is 8 weeks. Your story must be published no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Friday, May 19th. To find out what time that is in your time zone, go here!
  3. Remember to allow at least 3 business days prior to the contest deadline for your backgrounds, overlays and story cards to be reviewed. This means you should plan on submitting them no later than Tuesday, May 16th, 2023. You may not add, change or modify story cards, backgrounds, or overlays after the entry deadline until the winner’s shelf is announced.

Editing During the Contest Period

  1. Fixing typos and errors are allowed after the deadline for contest entries. This includes things like character or speech bubble placement, spelling / grammatical errors or typos. You may not: add options to your CC, change or update your cover art, change your story’s genre, add to, edit or change your story description, add additional scenes, choices, dialogue, backgrounds or overlays. When in doubt, ask Support before making any changes. Once the winner’s shelf has been made public you are free to make changes or updates to your story.

Determining Winners

  1. Winners are determined based on the highest levels of reader engagement, rubric score and fit to contest theme. Check out our Episode Explained articles on Creator’s Contests, the Grading Rubric and Reader Retention for more info on how they all work. As well, we recommend using keywords to your advantage, to help interested readers find your story quickly! For more information on how best to use Episode keywords, check this article out!

Winners of this contest will still be featured on the Winners’ Shelf in the app. Continuing on from other contests, we will be offering authors on the winner’s shelf who meet the gem choice requirement the opportunity to enter our Commissions Program!

The Commissions prize does come with a separate requirement that will affect your eligibility to win.

To be eligible:

  1. You must have at least 2 story-related gem choices in each of your first 3 chapters, for a total of 6. The gem choices included should be narrative driven and make sense based on the story.

Gem choices that meet the requirements include:

  • Bonus Content/Scenes
  • Outfits
  • Dialogue choices

Gem choices that will NOT meet the requirements include:

  • Support the Author
  • Skip the Wait
  • Topping up Points

Contest Winners

Winners from this contest will be showcased in a special event shelf in the Episode app and get a shoutout on our social media account! Winners will be announced 3-6 weeks after the submission deadlines pass as the stories need time to gain reads in the app and for our staff to review them.

Our special prize winners will be contacted separately by the Episode team to discuss further details of their win!

Gem Choice Guides and Checklist Links

Gem Choice Guide

Sample Gem Choices Slides

Gem Choice Checklist

Happy writing!

The Episode Team


Finally, an amazing contest!!!

THANK YOU!!! :green_heart: :green_heart: :green_heart:


  • MEEE! :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:
  • Not this time :sob::sob::sob:

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I’ll enter this contest!!! :heart_eyes: :heartpulse:

I’ll definetely enter the contest. I have already the cover planned.
I am curious if vampires and banhee enter in this category tho



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Thanks for letting me know.
Another question, the creatures can also be outcast in the normal world? @Liz

I have archived my first story and was doing a revamp on it like a new story but it turned out completely different. It’s not published yet. Am I allowed to use it as a contest entry if it meets the requirements?

Also, it’s not letting me to see the slides. It’s telling me to ask for permission.

Are you able to base it around vampire legends?:thinking:


Does it really have to be romance? Can it be just a fantasy story? I know you guys believe that romance makes for a great plot but can it be just fantasy that has romance in it?


Interesting… :smirk:


I would’ve joined this, but I cant write romance for my life. Do the contests always have to have romance in them?


Can we write a story without romance and it just focuses on the storyline? @Liz Does romance have to be the main requirement for this contest?


Shaking in my boots! Biting my nails. I shouldn— but—

The temptation!

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Unfortunately, the story you are describing does not meet the entry criteria.

You may NOT use or re-title a previously published story. This must be a new, original work not previously published to Episode or other platforms.


Yes :woman_vampire:

omg! finally a contest i’d love to join :sob: Although I’ll probably pass since i hate writing gem choices. I can’t wait to read some of the stories that people come up with though!

NVM! i misread the requirements. gem choices arent required :heart_hands:


Thank you for clarification! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Yes, we are specifically looking for fantasy romance stories for this contest.

If the story you have in mind doesn’t quite work for this contest, we are tentatively (emphasis on tentatively) planning to do another contest later this year that is very similar to the Open Mic contest from 2022. That may be a better fit what you are thinking.


Just for clarification, can the story be placed in either the Fantasy or Romance genre in the portal or does it have to be a particular one of them? :slight_smile: