Sana Writing contest:
call for interactive romance!

Theme: Slow Burn


The writing contest is closed!

We received 32 stories from 30 different authors for our “Slow Burn” writing contest. We’re so proud of all the new talented authors who have decided to jump into interactive stories with us! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Winners of the "Slow burn"-themed Sana Writing contest:

1st Place, 500€
The Beehive
by Ilia Starr
2nd Place, 200€
Love and Lavender
by Bree Forestell
3rd Place, 100€
The Last Lightcall in Lucksend
by Ilia Starr

Honorable mentions:

Incorrigibly Yours - Part 1: Latin Lessons in Love
by Artiku
Incorrigibly Yours - Part 2: All Roads Lead To You
by Artiku

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! We’ll be in contact with the winning authors personally. Be on the lookout for more writing contests from us in the future!

In the meantime, we highly recommend indulging in the winning stories. Or, why not start writing your own stories?

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Contest theme: Slow burn

Sana Writing Contest, theme: Slow burn

The contest is now closed! Thank you for your submissions, our jury will now get to work and we'll announce the winners on the 10th of May. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at

In this free-to-enter contest, we’re looking for interactive romance stories with 5000 words or more. The stories need to be interactive (have choices) and written on Sana’s writing tool. The three best stories receive a cash prize of 500, 200 and 100 EUR (approx. 600, 250 and 125 USD). Please read about the details below!

You know those stories where the tension and pull between two people just keeps building up? And you feel SO hot and bothered by the knowledge that these two people BELONG together. But it seems that, despite getting very very close, they will actually never GET each other.

Until they DO.

And it’s so satisfying, because you have been waiting for it for so long. The tension is released, and that tingling excitement the slowly teasing story left within you makes you start the search for the next, delicious treat.

In this new contest we invite you to write an interactive “slow burn” / UST (unresolved sexual tension) story with as many twists and turns and alternative paths as you can think of! The longer your story keeps the reader on their toes the better! Use the choices to make us squirm—if I choose this, will it pull them further apart, or will this path finally lead them together? 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


We’re giving out cash prizes for the top 3 stories: 500 / 200 / 100 EUR (approx. 600 / 250 / 125 USD). Entering the writing contest is free.

Other benefits

  • Winners get professional covers for their winning story by a professional artist

  • Royalties: 25% of Sana’s subscription revenue is distributed among our writers, based on the popularity of your stories. (You can read more about our revenue share model here.)

  • All contest entries will get highlighted on the homepage of the app

  • Social media & newsletter promotion by Sana


Contest opens:
15th February 2021
Submissions deadline:
11th April 2021
Winner announcement
10th May 2021
Contest opens
15th February 2021
Submissions deadline
11th April 2021
Winner announcement
10th May 2021

How to enter the contest

  • Write an original, interactive story with Sana’s writing tool.

  • Enter the contest by submitting your story with our Submission Form.

  • You’ll receive a confirmation email once your story has been approved.

  • Winners will be notified personally on 10th of May by email.

Writing contest rules

  • The story should be either romance, erotica, or at least have romantic or erotic elements.

  • The story needs to be an original story written by you. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end (preferably several!). It needs to be at least 5000 words long and written in English, and the submission needs to include a cover image.

  • All intellectual property rights to the submitted stories remain with you. You can ask for your stories to be taken down at any time.

  • The story must be interactive: it should have at least one choice between two different scenes.

  • All stories submitted between 15th February 2021 and 11th April 2021 are eligible for the contest prizes.

  • You can submit as many stories as you like.

  • Fanfiction is warmly welcome in our app, but unfortunately for legal reasons in this contest we can only accept original stories.

    What our jury will be looking for:

  • Stories with a strong central romance plot between two or more characters. We live for those delicious character arcs and sizzling chemistry!

  • Plenty of interesting choices and several different endings! Take advantage of interactive storytelling and make us excited about the different possibilities.

  • Diverse stories with characters from all kinds of backgrounds. We appreciate both LGBTQ+ and straight romances.

  • We do have a slight preference for light erotica with an emphasis on emotions over straight-up porn, but both are welcome.

  • Coherent and complete narratives without continuity errors. Readers should experience a full story no matter which choices they make.

  • Well-written and clearly formatted text without typos or spelling errors.

  • What we don't want to see:

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of discrimination or abuse aimed at a vulnerable group of people.

  • Gratuitous sexual abuse, such as depictions of rape or non-consensual sexual acts.

  • Gratuitous graphic violence without a very good reason strongly rooted in the plot of your story. Please consider carefully if the gory details are really necessary.

  • Illegal content, such as sexual acts towards minors or bestiality. We cannot publish any illegal content due to platform rules. (As for acts against minors, we follow Finnish law where anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor.)

What are interactive stories and why are they so great?

In interactive or branching stories, readers are occasionally presented with two choices that will take the next scene—or the whole story!—in two different directions. Getting to make a choice feels like you are in control of what happens in the story. 

As a writer you have to make a lot of choices for your characters and then scrap the “what if” scenarios. But what if you could let several possibilities play out to see what happens? That’s what interactive stories are all about! Have fun with different storylines and give you and your readers something more—the treat of choice.

We know trying new things can be intimidating, so we have our own interactive Writing Tool! We made it easy and intuitive to use so that anyone can get to enjoy interactive writing. Try it out and see what happens! Who knows, maybe you’ll end up writing a script for the next interactive Netflix hit!

What is Sana?

Sana is a mobile reading app for interactive romance stories. It’s a collection of original adult cyoa stories (choose your own adventure stories) mostly in the genres of romance and erotica.

For anyone interested in writing romance stories, it’s also a self-publishing platform where anyone can publish their own interactive stories and get royalties for them. We think authors should be treated fairly for their work so we distribute 25% of our subscription revenue among the authors, based on how much your stories are read by subscribed readers.

Previous contest winners

Greywood House
The Witches of Whitewood (I Sage & Clover)
by Ilia Starr
The Witches of Whitewood (II Fire & Brimstone)
by Ilia Starr
Roads to Nowhere
by D.A. Caparelli

Honorable mentions

The Trial of Thorns
by Ilia Starr
The Breakup
by Niina Lehti


Do I need to have experience in interactive writing to have a chance in the contest?

You don’t need any previous experience in interactive writing! Interactive stories are a new thing for many, so Sana is all about giving a platform for anyone who’s interested in trying out interactive storytelling. And maybe you have experience in writing romance or erotica? Or you’ve read ‘choose your own adventure’ books as a kid? These will also give you an edge! 

How fast will my story be published?

We publish stories as fast as possible, but please give us time to handle the publishing process. It might take 1–2 weeks for your story to be published. You’ll be notified once it’s in the app.

How can I share a Sana story with my friends and readers?

Sana stories can be read only in our mobile app. Once published, you will find a link in the app which you can copy and share to direct readers straight to your story. If your friends don’t yet have the Sana app installed, they will be directed to the app store and then to your story right after installation.

If I win, how will I get my prize?

The prize will be paid as a PayPal transfer or a wire transfer to your bank account, based on your preference. We will contact you for the details following the announcement of the winners. Participants will be responsible for any fees charged by their banks. 10th Muse will make the payment in EUR and any conversion loss or fees are to the account of the Participant.

What if my story doesn’t meet some of the requirements?

For Sana writing contests, we reserve the right not to publish stories that do not follow the contest rules.

Can 10th Muse employees participate in Sana writing contests?

All 10th Muse employees and all third parties involved in organizing and/or administering the contest, including their family members, are not eligible to participate.

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