So You Think You Can Write 2015 is happening NOW on Wattpad!
Harlequin’s annual So You Think You Can Write contest has teamed up with Wattpad to offer aspiring romance writers a unique opportunity to learn, write, get feedback and get published! Our Grand Prize is a 2-book contract with Harlequin!
Post your romance manuscript on Wattpad any time between now and September 21, 2015, and get reader reaction as you polish your masterpiece. By posting your So You Think You Can Write contest entry on Wattpad, you’ll attract new readers and get feedback, and you’ll be able to easily make edits from your laptop or your phone.
Since launching So You Think You Can Write in 2010 we’ve discovered and published 30 new writers, and counting, across 15 Harlequin categories. And this year we welcome Carina Press to the contest, expanding our eligible categories to include sci-fi/futuristic romance, LGBTQ romance, New Adult romance and more.
Posting work on Wattpad is easy and intuitive. You can publish your story in its entirety or roll it out one chapter at a time.
By serializing your work and posting new chapters one at a time on a regular schedule, your audience gets accustomed to that schedule, and they start to look forward to your updates. This is a great way to boost engagement and gather real-time feedback.
Here’s a handy timeline:
July 2, 2015–September 21, 2015: Write and post your Harlequin romance story on Wattpad.
September 22, 2015–October 6, 2015: Judges read FIRST CHAPTER and pitch (Part I and Part II on Wattpad) ONLY to determine the top 50 submissions, but full manuscript must be posted by September 21 to be eligible.
October 8, 2015–October 14, 2015: Go to http://www.wattpad.com/user/HarlequinSYTYCW and vote for your favourite top 50 submission. The top 25 out of these votes will move on!
October 15, 2015–November 9, 2015: There are several steps combined here (read the Rules and Regulations for more details) but the judges review the top 25 manuscripts in their entirety, and the top ten finalists move forward.
November 10, 2015–November 17, 2015: Go to www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com and vote for your favourite!
November 19, 2015: We announce the winner!
And don’t forget to attend our free So You Think You Can Write online writers’ conference September 14-18, 2015, and interact with other romance writers and Harlequin editors in blogs, live chats, writing challenges, Twitter events and more!
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Our Boot Camp for Writers held Thursday June 18, 2015 featured a full day of interactive events for authors with advice and encouragement from the Harlequin editorial team.
This free, interactive online event was hosted by our editors to help you get your manuscript into the best shape possible for So You Think You Can Write 2015. Do you dream of publishing with the world’s premier publisher of romantic fiction? Read our tips, and get writing!
You can still check out many of our posts by clicking on the links in the schedule below. And for updates on this year’s contest, follow us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW, join the conversation with the hashtag #sytycw, and visit our SOLD! blog.
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|Welcome to So You Think You Can Write’s Boot Camp for Writers! We have a full day of advice and interactive events planned to help you get your manuscript in shape for this year’s So You Think You Can Write contest. Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd is here to get you started!|
|6 a.m. EST|
|At Harlequin we love the timeless emotional appeal of classic romance themes. But how do you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliche? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice.|
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|Are you up for the challenge? We’re opening our synopsis challenge early to give you extra time to submit! Send your 2-3 page synopsis between now and 10:00 a.m. EST Thursday, June 18, 2015 and you may be one of 5 entries chosen to receive personalized feedback from our editors! Feedback will be posted online Thursday, June 18, 2015 by 2:00 p.m. EST. Click on the event heading for details.|
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|Are your love scenes spicy or a little sweet? When is hot too hot and when is it just right? Is your romance right for Blaze, Desire, Romance or Heartwarming? Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling has advice on writing romance at different heat levels and targeting the right Harlequin series for you.|
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|What do we mean by internal conflict? Ever been asked to dig deeper into your characters’ motivations? What’s an infodump? We’re putting together a romance glossary, so let us know what terms you want defined! Acting Assistant Editor Claire Caldwell gets us started.|
|10 a.m. EST|
|It takes more than imagination to write convincingly about places and people outside your own experience. It also takes research. Join our interactive Community forum and chat with Harlequin authors about laying the groundwork for convincing and complex characters and settings. You must be a registered Community user to join the conversation. Register at harlequin.com.|
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Twitter Event: Your Hero and Heroine
|Your hero’s hot – but like Tom Hardy or Idris Elba? Is your feisty heroine Lupita Nyong’o or Jessica Chastain? Share your inspirational photos with us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #sytycw.|
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|Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, Carina Press publishes outstanding editorial in a wide range of genres. Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, Carina Press publishes outstanding editorial in a wide range of genres. Do you write erotic romance, gay/lesbian fiction, mystery, science fiction or fantasy? Carina wants to connect you with your readers!|
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|Challenge results are in! Our critiques will help you craft a synopsis that tells an acquiring editor everything she needs to know about your romance! Check them out here: http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2015/06/author-challenge-synopsis-critique-results/|
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|Stay tuned for some exciting news about So You think You Can Write 2015!|
Our 2014 SYTYCW Contest Winner—and
THE CALL from Harlequin!
Every author dreams about getting THE CALL from an editor. Listen in as Harlequin editor Carly Byrne calls Amanda Cinelli, author of Resisting the Sicilian Playboy, to let her know she is the grand prize winner of the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize!
Amanda signed a two-book contract with Harlequin Presents, and her contest-winning book will be available digitally (for 1 month only) on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015 and in print October 2015.
As part of her publishing contract Amanda will celebrate her success in style with a complimentary champagne dinner for two! She’ll enjoy the expertise of an in-house publicist complete with social media training and tips. Amanda will meet the Series Creative team charged with launching her debut book and will continue to develop her career with Harlequin editor Carly Byrne.
Amanda’s love of romance was born after “borrowing” one of her mother’s beloved Harlequin Mills & Boon novels at the age of twelve. A penchant for writing soon developed as an outlet for her wildly overactive imagination.
Amanda described the excitement of getting the call: “When my phone rang I was in a busy play centre surrounded by screaming children,” she said. “After escaping to a quiet hallway and hearing Carly and Sharon announce that I had won, I was just overwhelmed with shock and awe.”
“I’ve always dreamed of seeing my name on a book jacket, and I’m getting giddy just thinking about it! This is such a major turning point in my life, a new career doing something I absolutely love. It’s a dream come true.”
Resisting the Sicilian Playboy’s memorable opening scene was what hooked editor Carly Byrne: the heroine, Dara, is straddling the second floor balcony of an exclusive Milan nightclub in six inch designer heels! “I wondered how she got there – and how was she going to get out? I was compelled to read on,” explained Carly.
Carly loved the rest of the book as much as the opening. “Dara is a sparky and likeable heroine and her hero Leo is true Harlequin Presents hero – alpha, commanding and gorgeous! Amanda has a fresh and exciting voice that is well suited to the Harlequin Presents series.”
Follow Amanda on Twitter: @AmandaSofia89
Would you love to get such a call from Harlequin?
Watch this space for news on the 2015 So You Think You Can Write online conference and contest. Start working on your story today!
Do you dream of publishing the next great romance with Harlequin?
Our editors flagged several exciting contest entries from this year’s contest. They’ll be contacting many of those writers to offer feedback or request revisions.
In the meantime, review our guidelines at www.harlequin.com/guidelines, read what we publish and target the series that’s right for you. You can submit a manuscript to the editors by reviewing the submission policies on the guideline pages.
If you missed this year’s conference, you can find all the archived posts, live chats, blogs and more on www.sytycw.com. For even more advice for writers, visit www.harlequin.com and listen to podcasts from our editors and established authors, or join our Harlequin Community Boards to keep in touch with your fellow writers, our authors and our editors.
Need more inspiration? Check out the SOLD! blog for news and updates on all our publishing programs.
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