Fiction authors tend to imagine their characters in their head, fully animated and realized, before writing them out on the page. Through its new contest, book and eBook marketplace Bookshelf PH is giving authors the opportunity to see their beloved characters come to life, this time via a professionally recorded and produced audiobook.

The contest, entitled Kilig to the Books, is calling for the best romance authors to submit their best 2,000 to 20,000-word short story. The lucky winners will be granted a full audiobook production package, one that includes manuscript development and preparation, recording at a top-of-the-line recording studio, casting of a professional voice actor or actress, and distribution through Bookshelf PH’s upcoming line of audiobooks.

Bookshelf PH’s definition of romance fiction is broad. Contest entries can hail from any of its sub-genres, including contemporary romance, romantic comedy, historical romance, speculative romance, inspirational romance, young adult, and more. The works can also be written in English, Taglish, or Tagalog.

This contest is perfect for any fiction writer, including everyone from Wattpad and pocketbook authors to undergraduate and graduate writing students. It’ll be a chance to get the distinction of having your

Interested authors may submit their short story to [email protected] beginning on May 24 and June 21, 2021. Early submissions are strongly encouraged – winners will be notified on a rolling basis through email and publicly announced on Bookshelf PH’s Facebook page.

There is no preference between unpublished and previously published work, though if the short story falls into the latter category, authors are encouraged to confirm that they hold the audiobook rights before submitting.

What are you waiting for? Submit your entry now at [email protected]. Again, the earlier you submit, the more that your work will be prioritized in the evaluation process. We can’t wait to read and get kilig with your book, so your fans and readers can experience the same when its produced into an audiobook! 


Bookshelf PH aims to bring the best of Filipino books to local readers alongside the global bestsellers whose impact we aspire to emulate through our boutique store, and more importantly, our community. We aim to promote great Filipino books in fiction and non-fiction. The goal is to produce a rich literature that will contribute to individual empowerment, and in the aggregate, nation-building. At the core of these aspirations is the belief that the surest and simplest path to personal and professional growth is through reading.