Announcing the KISS & TELL Creator's Contest

Hello Episode Creators,

It’s been a minute since our last contest! Without further delay, it’s time to start the next Creator’s Contest! This time the theme is… Kiss & Tell!

When you’re caught kissing someone you shouldn’t be, anything can happen. What could unfold because of one little kiss? The start of a new relationship? The end of an old one? The end of the world?

The specific guidelines are:

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

  2. You must completely fill out this Google form after you publish your story. Be sure to include your story URL and NOT your share link. Your story URL is visible in the address bar of the web browser you use to access the Writer’s Portal and your script page. It should look something like this: (<- this part is very important, many, many people mess it up).

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.

  1. The primary focus of your story the possibilities that unfold from a single kiss. You must write in the romance genre, though your story may include dramatic, comedic, fantasy, etc. elements or themes. You can choose to set your Kiss & Tell story in any time period or location.

  2. You may write in either Cinematic (full-body, animated) or Spotlight (animated upper bodies) Styles or a combo of the two. You can use any art style you prefer.

  3. We would 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! To read more about diversity and inclusion on Episode go here.

  4. The submission window is 8 weeks. Your story must be published no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Monday, January 13th, 2020.

  5. You may NOT use or re-title a previously published story. This must be a new and original work that has not previously been published to Episode or another platform. Sequels, prequels, spin-offs, etc. are not allowed.

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

  7. Be sure that your story follows our content guidelines and is suitable for a PG-13 audience. Stories that do not follow or which violate our Content Guidelines may be disqualified and/or have their story banned from the app. If you are any doubts or questions about whether elements or themes of your story fit with our Content Guidelines please contact the Episode Review team here. We are happy to help you with ANY questions you might have!

  8. 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.

  9. There is no length requirement for this contest. You only need to have 3 completed chapters published by the entry deadline. Your story may be a complete short story or can be continued after the contest is over. Because you only need three complete chapters to enter you CAN publish new chapters after the deadline. However, you may not substantially alter or change your first 3 published chapters after the deadline (other than to make minor corrections).

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, add additional scenes, choices, dialogue, backgrounds or overlays. When in doubt ask Support before you make any changes. Once the winner’s shelf has been made public you are free to make changes or updates to your story.

  1. 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 Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. You may not add, change or modify story cards, backgrounds, or overlays after the entry deadline until the winner’s shelf is announced.

Winners from this contest will be showcased in a special Kiss & Tell shelf in the Episode app and get a shoutout on our social media account! Winners will be announced 2 - 4 weeks after the submission deadlines pass as the stories need time to gain reads in the app and also for our staff to review them.

Happy writing!


The Episode Team





Contests are back! Why the long break? :thinking:


Because of the guideline reviewing :stuck_out_tongue:


Another romance centered prompt huh?:expressionless:


YESSSS FINALLY :hot_face::fire::hot_face::fire::hot_face::skull_and_crossbones:
*acutally dies


Been a minute and this is the theme y’all come up with?



This is gonna be so f**ked up :roll_eyes:


Ok then :ok_hand:




Announced at the wrong time…

As the spokesperson for contests, I need a second to gather my thoughts before saying anything.




I won’t be entering because I would die if I tried writing romance as anything but a side plot :love_you_gesture:

Good luck to anyone who does decide to enter, though and hopefully I’ll learn something about writing a romance while reading a few of the entries. I really need to lmao


I want to join but I’m sceptical… What if our stories have to be reviewed and currently there is still no clarity about the review process and now y’all are adding more work to yourselves?

ponders I already have a story similar to this should I just submit that one?


Would enter if I wasn’t terrible at writing romance :roll_eyes::joy:



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I’ve never written romance but I’m willing to give this a shot!:crossed_fingers: Y’all pray for me :rofl::rofl::rofl:


I think I’m gonna try and enter


I’m actually tempted to enter. :sweat_smile:


I can already see the wonderful and original stories coming from this. :upside_down_face:

K&T: Dating My Teacher :books::fountain_pen:

K&T: Rebounding with the Mafia Man :gun:

K&T: I kissed a Bad Boy (and I liked it) :kissing_heart:!

K&T: In Bed with a FORBIDDEN CELEBRITY :hot_face:

K&T: In love With a Serial Killer :crazy_face:

K&T: Falling for the Nerd :eyeglasses: :notebook:


technically it’s the new year. It’s not due until January.