We’re thrilled to reveal the Harlequin Creator Space Tiny Book Contest’s winning entry: The Perks of Getting Coffee by Maggie Downs!

About The Perks of Getting Coffee

The Perks of Getting Coffee piqued our judges’ interest with its visual descriptions and a fun scene that created a dramatic scenario in just a few sentences. Maggie spoke to the Harlequin Creator Space team about her experience in writing her tiny book entry:

“This challenge interested me because I typically write nonfiction, and that work is often melancholy or sad. But I love happy endings — that’s why I read romance! — and for once I wanted to try writing something that would be fun and flirty. 

It was truly a challenge to introduce two characters and create some drama in so few words, but I had a blast working on it. This experience makes me want to try writing another romance someday; hopefully something longer.”

The Perks of Getting Coffee is illustrated by Toronto artist Buffy Shields.  You can find Buffy on Instagram at @BuffyShields.

Congratulations, Maggie, on winning the Harlequin Creator Space Tiny Book Challenge!



About Maggie

Maggie Downs is the author of the recent memoir Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime. Her work has been anthologized in Best Women’s Travel Writing and Lonely Planet’s True Stories From the World’s Best Writers, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and McSweeney’s, among others. She lives in Palm Springs, California.

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