You could win the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize!

Welcome to So You Think You Can Write! Harlequin, the world’s leader in romance fiction, is searching globally to find new authors for all our category series. Always wanted to write a romance novel? Be sure to enter our 2014 SYTYCW Writing Contest.

New for 2014! One lucky writer will win the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize from Harlequin. The grand prize winner will be offered a two-book series contract with the first book to be published digitally on or around Valentine’s Day 2015—print edition to follow. The winner will also celebrate success in style with a complimentary champagne dinner for two ($150 USD value).

There’s more! Support for the book launch and promotion plans will be provided by the services of an in-house publicist for up to sixty days along with social media training and tips. The winning writer will meet—via Skype or phone– the Series Creative team (Editorial, Marketing & Art) charged with launching the debut book! Finally the winner will be working with a topnotch Harlequin editor on current and future books along with all-important career planning. Last but not least, the winner will be featured once both on and on the Harlequin Blog.

How’s that for a fantastic basket of goodies to set a writer on the exciting journey to publication?

Want some inspiration?

Here’s an update from the 2013 SYTYCW writing contest!

Winner Tanya Wright’s first book was published in July 2014—look for If Only (Harlequin Kiss). Second place winner Andie Brock is under contract. Look for The Last Heir of Monterrato (Harlequin Presents) in January 2015. Third place winner Elisabeth Hobbes, is also under contract. Falling for Her Captor (Harlequin Historical) is on sale October 2014.

In addition we have contracted over ten brand new Harlequin authors who also submitted to the contest and whose work was seen by the editors.

Need more inspiration? Check out the new SOLD! blog for news and updates on all our publishing programs.

2014 SYTYCW Five Day Online Conference

Ready to get started on the journey to publication?

Join us the week of September 15 – 19 for our 24/7 online conference AKA Harlequin’s boot camp for writers. Exercise those writing muscles with an intensive workout packed with blogs, live chats, writing challenges, Twitter events and more. You’ll meet over 50 Harlequin Editors ready to coach you, answer questions and get your book in shape.

Daily Schedule

The conference calendar is up!

2014 SYTYCW Writing Contest Details

Beginning September 22 at 10am EST you can submit the First Chapter (5000 words max) of your romance story plus a 100-Word Pitch to the series you have targeted. The pitch should outline the concept, plot, characters, conflict and setting. You must target one of our 18 eligible series.

All First Chapter submissions will be posted for everyone to read and add comments in the space provided. Last day for submissions is October 1. Don’t delay…submit your chapter right away so more people—including the editors–will see it!

Top 25 Finalists

On or around October 6 Harlequin editors in New York, Toronto and the UK will select the Top 25 best chapters from all the submissions received and begin requesting full manuscripts from those writers.

Top 10 Finalists

Once the Harlequin editors have read and evaluated the full Top 25 manuscripts, they will narrow the field to the Top 10 manuscripts. Those ten finalists will be posted for voting.

Public Voting: November 3 – 10

Yes, that’s you! Read all 10 complete manuscripts on the site, post comments and vote for your favorite story. During this time visit with our talented Author & Editor Mentors who have teamed up with each of the finalists to post their thoughts and generate excitement.

Grand Prize Winner Date: November 13

We’ll announce the name of the winner of the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize—and lucky recipient of a publishing contract with Harlequin!

Get ready to submit your first chapter and stop by often to visit with us and post a comment or question. Good luck, everyone!

Questions? Click on the Contest Calendar to follow along. Click on the Contest Rules for additional information. Or email us at

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