Browning Library’s love story contest to honor poet namesake

contestBy Josh Day

Even in late January, love is in the air.

Today is the last day for any faculty, staff or student to enter Armstrong Browning Library’s second annual “How Do You Love Thee” love story contest.

In the spirit of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43, which begins with the words “How do I love thee, let me count the ways,” the staff of the library will be judging love story entries no longer than 200 words.

In order for a love story to be considered, the entrant must submit his or her story by midnight tonight. According to the Armstrong Browning website, an entry must also include “an appropriate photo of you and your Valentine.” Entries should be emailed to

Last year, a group of Baylor library staff invented the contest and decided to host the contest again this year.

“People enjoyed writing the stories and others enjoyed reading them afterward,” said Allison Pruett, marketing and communications coordinator for Baylor libraries. The stories must be a real and personal experience from the person who submits it.

“We’re accepting all Baylor love stories,” said Jessica Mejia, Armstrong Browning’s public relations and facilities supervisor. She also said if a story includes themes relating to Armstrong Browning, Baylor, the Brownings or Sonnet 43 itself, it would gain special consideration.

The grand prize includes one couples’ ticket to Armstrong Browning’s Fifth Annual Valentine’s Day Extravaganza, on Feb. 9. The event will consist of a performance of romantic duets in the library’s foyer, followed by a dessert reception. The prize also includes a copy of the Armstrong Browning Library souvenir book and a Sonnet 43 inspired ornament.

The second place prize is the souvenir book and the ornament and the third place prize is the souvenir book.

Further rules and explanations can be found on the Armstrong Browning website,