We are now accepting submissions for our LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT writing competition!

We’re looking for fiction short stories & poems all about love… or anti-love! Tell us your best epic romance or breakup. A first love or first heartbreak. Rep the sisterly love for “Galentines”, or highlight a bromance. However you interpret the prompt!

One short story and one poetry winner will be featured on our website, social media, and podcast!

Read the following rules and guidelines for more info:


Short Story – Submissions must be 1000 words or less

Poetry – Submissions must be 500 words or less

*Content Note: Because we are a platform for young adult readers and writers, we ask that all submissions exclude explicit content dealing with violence, gore, substance abuse, etc. We do not accept erotica or works with graphic sexual scenes. Please keep this in mind!

Writers must be 18+
DEADLINE: February 14th​ !!!

Submission Format​

  • Please send all submissions via email at
  • Subject line should specify that the submission is for “Love Me, Love Me Not Competition” as well as it’s genre (fiction or poetry)
    • (ex.) Love Me, Love Me Not Competition, Fiction
  • In the body of the email please include: your name and a brief bio (should be in 3rd person, about 80-100 words)
  • Please include the submission as an .doc or .docx attachment (not copied and pasted into the body of the email)
    • Please exclude your name from the submission document

Submission Review Process​

Winners will be contacted mid-late February, so be sure to check your emails! Winners will also be invited to join the Pine Reads Review podcast to read an excerpt of their piece, and have their winning submission featured on our website and social media.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for works published to the site.

By submitting your work to Pine Reads Review, you are granting permission for us to publish your work online. Authors will maintain the rights to their work. 

To view our previous writing contest winners & read the winning submissions click below:
Spooky Short Story
Words of Winter
or check out the drop down menu under SUBMISSIONS!