As you might have noticed, Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. I can think of no holiday quite as controversial (no, not even Christmas) as the day of love. People either love it or hate it. But regardless of where you stand, we’d like to hear your stories! Submissions are open for our first official contest, themed after – you guessed it – Valentine’s Day. 

So whether you can’t get enough chocolate and flowers or you want to tear up every heart-shaped decoration that plagues your vision, all are welcome to submit their pieces so long as they follow the general themes of the holiday.

These include: 

  1. Romance/heartbreak
  2. Love/hate
  3. Relationships
  4. General Valentine’s Day symbolism (i.e.: hearts, flowers, chocolates, etc.)
  5. Mentioning the holiday itself


The Rules:

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and get creative! Or simply express your feelings. This is a very emotional holiday, after all. We’re generally pretty open about submitted content, however, we do have a few rules in place:

  • Submissions must address the present month’s theme (obviously)
  • Content must be PG-13 (Profanity at a minimum, romantic/love scenes and acts of violence cannot be extremely graphic)
  • Please keep in mind possible triggering subjects and or content and try to avoid these or handle them appropriately.
  • Acceptable submissions: Poems (2 maximum), Short Stories (Fiction/Non-Fiction with a maximum of 3-4 pages), and Academic (Maximum of 4 pages)
  • Content must be writer’s original work. Plagiarism is unacceptable


How to Submit:

All submissions will be accepted via email. To find out more details please visit the submissions page located here. Or, alternatively, click the little ellipses (…) drop down menu and select “Submissions.” (And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram while you’re there!)

We look forward to seeing what the creative minds of FAU’s English undergrads have to offer!


Submissions Deadline: February 15, 2016

Winner will have their story posted as a feature story on the VF3F blog and receive a Starbucks gift card. 

Now get writing!!


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