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Whenever someone thinks of “romance” in writing, what immediately comes to mind? Do you often think of beautiful damsels in distress? Maybe you might see handsome heroes coming forth to save the day with their dueling swords or pistols? Or perhaps even an unexpected passionate love affair between the last two people you might ever expect! Whatever these stories happen to entail, and whether we all choose to acknowledge it or not – some of us are looking for a few fun and frisky cheap thrills. So...


:rose: You Think You Can Thrill Me? :rose:



I want to see some really saucy, outrageous romances from you. Writers of all jacks and trades! Here is your chance to outdo some of the greats: Danielle Steele, Mary Balogh, Nora Roberts…you name it. Go forth and write me a poem or short story that gives your readers a disgustingly funny or romantically shocking cheap thrill. Be as vividly original as you can to make your deviation stand out, but do keep our key elements of what you feel the aspects of “romance” entail as your primary motivation while writing.


:rose: A Few Submission Guidelines: :rose:



:bulletpurple: Your submissions must be new deviations entered after today. Please note all of your entries to LadyLincoln marked as: “Cheap Thrill Romance Contest.” Your deadline is on July 1st.

:bulletpurple: Both poetry and prose is accepted. Prose writers: make sure your stories are no longer than 3,000 words in length. Novel excerpts will be also accepted, but they must abide by the guidelines set above. Poetry enthusiasts: your new deviations should be no longer than 40 lines in length.

:bulletpurple: Prize donators may enter, but not judges. (Judges: feel free to whip up a creative piece for fun, should you so choose!) Our selected judges will be closely looking at how you were able to incorporate our primary romance genre, your overall creativity with the piece and the masterful techniques you used throughout.

:bulletpurple: Looking for inspiration and not sure where to start? Well, click here to get to some fantastic linkage on how to get your “pulsating loins” in rapid motion with just a sampling of a few humorous punch lines from a variety of real romance novels! Oh, and right below you will find some deviant-created gems to help get your creative juices flowing:


Grocery Store Guy by Raiderladd Romance 3 by TheArtistDarklady:thumb172476076: Korbyn: Abusing Photoshop by carrinth



:rose: Panel of Judges and Delectable Loot: :rose:



Your Judges:  


:bulletpurple: LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: safia3
:bulletpurple: zebrazebrazebra
:bulletpurple: CrimsonThrenody
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream
:bulletpurple: pullingcandy
:bulletpurple: Memnalar
:bulletpurple: silverwingeddarkness
:bulletpurple: flaminandfamous789
:bulletpurple: AlecWolfe
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland


Loot Listing AKA Prizes:


:rose: FIRST PLACE:

:bulletpurple: 1-year subscription from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: 3-month subscription from reddaverocker
:bulletpurple: 3-month subscription from SRSmith
:bulletpurple: 3-month subscription from Echostar08
:bulletpurple: 5,000 points from Shards-of-Shame
:bulletpurple: 800 points from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: 3 critiques from AlecWolfe
:bulletpurple: 3 critiques from WorldWar-Tori
:bulletpurple: A critique from lonealphawolf
:bulletpurple: A critique from pullingcandy
:bulletpurple: A critique from reddaverocker


:rose: SECOND PLACE:

:bulletpurple: 3-month subscription from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: 3-month subscription from SRSmith
:bulletpurple: 2,000 points from Shards-of-Shame
:bulletpurple: 500 points from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: 20 points from Tobaeus
:bulletpurple: Mystery grab bag of points from wyldhoney
:bulletpurple: 2 critiques from AlecWolfe
:bulletpurple: 2 critiques from WorldWar-Tori
:bulletpurple: A critique from reddaverocker
:bulletpurple: A critique from lonealphawolf
:bulletpurple: A critique from pullingcandy


:rose: THIRD PLACE:

:bulletpurple: 1-month subscription from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: 1,000 points from Shards-of-Shame
:bulletpurple: 100 points from LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: A critique from AlecWolfe
:bulletpurple: A critique from WorldWar-Tori
:bulletpurple: A critique from reddaverocker
:bulletpurple: A critique from lonealphawolf
:bulletpurple: A critique from pullingcandy


:rose: JOURNAL FEATURES (For All Winners!)

:bulletpurple: LadyLincoln
:bulletpurple: ikazon
:bulletpurple: namenotrequired
:bulletpurple: lonealphawolf
:bulletpurple: Reilune
:bulletpurple: reddaverocker
:bulletpurple: Astralseed
:bulletpurple: luckydesigns
:bulletpurple: phoenixleo
:bulletpurple: Echostar08
:bulletpurple: CrimsonThrenody
:bulletpurple: wyldhoney
:bulletpurple: Shards-of-Shame
:bulletpurple: dreamsinstatic
:bulletpurple: pullingcandy
:bulletpurple: SRSmith
:bulletpurple: Memnalar
:bulletpurple: AlecWolfe
:bulletpurple: Evil-e33
:bulletpurple: HugQueen
:bulletpurple: jdrainville
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori


:rose: A Final Note :rose:



I wished to extend a hearty thank you to all of those who volunteered to judge and to the wonderful deviants who donated prizes and features. Also: if anyone else wishes to be included on the loot listing, feel free to note LadyLincoln.   


Best of luck and happy writing!

:heart:
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:iconmidnightrebel28:
MidnightRebel28 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I can't believe I forgot about this:( Will you be having another contest like this anytime soon?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps. :heart:
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:iconmidnightrebel28:
MidnightRebel28 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Okay, thank you:)
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011   General Artist
:wave: Hello, this has been featured in LitBits - vol. VIII
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   General Artist
always :)
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
is it ok if like theirs a poem within my story, but its like a thought?
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm struggling with the theme.. wat do u mean by Cheap Thrill Romance ....
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
can their be more than one entry?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No. Only one entry per deviant. :heart:
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
aww okaaaay well i should think of something... can it just be like a random starting or does it actually have to finish lol
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It must be a finished piece of polished/clean poetry or prose as per the rules of the contest stated within the article. As far as the theme: that is open to everyone's interpretation, as 'cheap thrills' is pretty broad. This article (I hope) gives everyone a fairly good idea of what I am looking for.

Good luck!
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i dunno wat cheap thrills are tho.. can u give me an example please?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This contest is essentially poking fun at the romance genre. Think of an excerpt from a really cheesy romance novel and turn it into something spicy or fun. Or even serious - just write something creative.
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:iconloza-muse:
Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
can it be random... like full on in the feel then bam... lol coz thats wat ive done
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:iconiceofwolf:
iceofwolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Eesh, that deadline is fast approaching, isn't it? :worry:
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, indeed. :hug:
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:iconversailles6:
versailles6 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Is it at all possible for me to also email you a copy of my submission? I can upload a deviation as well, but I have recently discovered that none of the formatting from my Word document carries over onto deviantArt, and it's a huge problem for the style of my story.
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Can you note me and give me a better idea of what the issues are that you are having with your submission?
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:iconlverawrites:
LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Will we be able to read some of the entries?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, as soon as I have collected them all after the contest is over. :heart:
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:iconlverawrites:
LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
cool. :)
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:iconroyalblackheart:
RoyalBlackheart Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I've got to find the time to enter this somehow. :giggle: This sounds like a brilliant idea for both the readers and writers.
More so the writers though; it's a push to make one of the most original plans we can. How exciting!
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!

I do hope you will have the opportunity to have a bit of fun with it! :tighthug:
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:iconthetanforever:
thetanforever Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lady L, how do we submit it?

I mean, when i write it, how i need to post it?

Just submit it like any other deviation, and then send a note to you or? Or to send in a note the entire writing? :)

Good day to you.
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You submit it as a deviation, and then note me your link.

Good luck! :heart:
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:iconthetanforever:
thetanforever Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmadperson42:
madperson42 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Got an idea but i need to ask; can we do in diary style?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You can do it in any style that you like - so long as you follow the guidelines. :heart:
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:iconmadperson42:
madperson42 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
okic ool, and the guidelines are just write romantically and slightly outrageously? right?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes.
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:iconmadperson42:
madperson42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ok thank you
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:iconkakashiplushie:
kakashiplushie Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder, are we allowed to submit pieces than more toward chic-lit than hardcore romance? I'm writing something for a friend and while it falls under 'disgustingly funny,' I doubt it's considered adult romance. :lol:
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, that is entirely up to you. :heart:
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:iconoritpetra:
OritPetra Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Writer
This is going to be brilliant! I can't wait to read the entries!
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Me either! :heart:
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:iconmagicpotion:
magicpotion Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where can we see current submissions for the contest?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
When I have entries to post, I'll either place them on my journal or in my favorites gallery. :heart:
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:iconred-belt:
red-belt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
This sounds like... so much fun xD
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear it! Hope you'll enter. :heart:
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:iconversailles6:
versailles6 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
When you say "Your submissions must be new deviations entered after today" does that mean that they must never have been posted on dA before, or literally that the excerpt must have been posted after that day's date?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your entry must be posted on or after the 22nd of May.

:rose:
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:iconmidnightrebel28:
MidnightRebel28 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student General Artist
hey again! So how many entries are we allowed to enter? Thanks!
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Only one submission per deviant, thanks!
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:iconmidnightrebel28:
MidnightRebel28 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student General Artist
okay thank you!
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:iconmelodysoul:
MelodySoul Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
So I feel a little stupid for asking this, but this is gonna be straight romances right? XD Or can I write some GLBT too?
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The contest is open to whatever subjects you feel comfortable writing about - however: anything with mature content needs to be labeled as such.

Good luck! :heart:
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:iconmidnightrebel28:
MidnightRebel28 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student General Artist
This seems really fun! I can't wait to get started xD
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent!
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:iconfreakiegeekie:
FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, can it be a fanfic?
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