Example Genre

You will be assigned a main genre for your competition. You will then be given a subgenre and a subject/event/character/object (depending on the competition) that, unlike the main genre, can be re-rolled. Please note, the definitions given are just guidelines. While your story should be on-genre, thinking outside the box for the genre is also encouraged.

Below is an example of Romance along with the main genre and possible subgenres for it. These are only examples of the kind of sub-genres you might expect if you got romance.


Romance stories are characterized by themes of love, passion, and romantic relationships. These stories explore the complexities and joys of love in various settings and scenarios.

Book Examples

  • "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
  • "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks

Movie Examples

  • "The Fault in Our Stars"
  • "Romeo and Juliet"


  • Time-Travel: Romances where characters travel through time and find love in different eras, often facing the challenges of time-displaced relationships.
  • Ghostly Love: Stories where one of the romantic leads is a ghost or spirit, exploring the transcendent and ethereal nature of love beyond the physical realm.
  • Mythological: Tales that weave love stories within the context of ancient myths, often involving gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures.
  • Virtual: Narratives set in virtual realities or online worlds, where characters develop relationships through digital means.
  • Intergalactic: Love stories set in space or on different planets, often involving relationships between humans and aliens or otherworldly beings.
  • Historical Figure: Romantic tales woven around real historical figures, fictionalizing their love lives and relationships.
  • Eco: Stories that combine love with environmental activism or conservation, where characters bond over shared ecological passions or missions.
  • Magic Realism: Romances set in a realistic world that includes magical elements, where the magical aspects play a key role in the romantic plot.
  • Apocalyptic: Love stories set against the backdrop of an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic world, highlighting the power of love in survival scenarios.
  • Paranormal Creature: Romances involving supernatural creatures like werewolves, vampires, or other mythical beings, often exploring forbidden or unusual love dynamics.
  • Steampunk Romance: Set in a world where steam power is the primary technology, these stories blend historical settings with futuristic elements. Characters often engage in romantic pursuits amidst a backdrop of Victorian-era aesthetics mixed with advanced, steam-powered gadgets and machinery.
  • Time Loop: Romances set in a scenario where characters are trapped in a time loop, repeatedly living the same period. These stories explore how love can develop and evolve when the characters experience the same events multiple times, offering unique perspectives on fate and destiny in relationships.
  • Culinary Love: These stories focus on romances that blossom in culinary settings, like bustling kitchens, quaint cafes, or competitive cooking shows. Characters often find love through their shared passion for food, with a blend of sensual, gastronomic experiences and emotional connections.
  • Expeditionary: Set against the backdrop of adventurous expeditions, these romances occur in remote or exotic locations. Characters may be explorers, scientists, or adventurers who find love while on a quest or exploration, often including elements of survival and discovery.
  • Haunted House: In these narratives, romantic plots unfold within the eerie and mysterious setting of a haunted house. Characters may be living in, exploring, or tasked with exorcising the house, and the romance is intertwined with the chilling and supernatural elements of the setting.