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    Posted: 21 Nov 2020 at 5:13pm
So...do you think a rom com must absolutely end with a definite happy ever after? Or can an implied future happy ever after work? 
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(I teach English and am a writer.)

For it to be a romance it either has to be Happily-ever-after or "Happy-for-now." 

It sounds like you're aiming at the second one. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BarbaraFL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Nov 2020 at 5:59pm
Good question, I feel like it needs to be at least implied, but I'm curious to see what people say. With this tiny word limit I went with implied, because I needed to fit a meet cute in there and oops, hit the word limit, what do ya know...
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If it helps, I scored fairly highly with romcom during the second round of flash fiction with what I assume is the lower limit for the "rom" in romcom. I had written a somewhat flirty meet cute with attraction/future relationship more implied than stated outright, though had doubled down on the comedy. Definitely was not a happily ever after.

Personally I think romcom is one of the most restrictive genres for these prompts. Other genres you can aim for a vibe or tone, but the romantic comedy really forces you to have certain narrative elements included AND it has to be funny. Definitely hard to do in 250 words, but good luck!


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