2014 SYTYCW CONTEST UPDATE
The contest is now closed for First Chapter submissions. Thanks to everyone who submitted to one of the 18 eligible series!
Harlequin editors in New York, Toronto and the UK are busy reading all the entries. You can keep reading and commenting since all chapters will remain on the site—go to Read Chapters.
Extra Features and Activities
Want to learn more about writing while the editors are judging the submissions? Join us for guest blogs from the Harlequin editors plus some fun Pinterest activities. Check out our Events Calendar regularly for a schedule of dates and times.
Top 25 Finalists
On or around October 6 editors in the three Harlequin offices will select the Top 25 best chapters from all the submissions received and begin requesting full manuscripts from those writers. Names and titles for the Top 25 finalists will be posted here.
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 manuscripts will be posted for voting and comment on November 3.
Public Voting: November 3 – 10
Yes, that’s you! Read the Top 10 complete manuscripts here, post comments and vote for your favorite story. Visit with our talented Harlequin Author & Editor Mentors who have teamed up with each of the finalists to post their thoughts and champion each finalist.
Grand Prize Winner Date: November 13
We’ll announce the name of the winner of the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize!
The winner will be offered a two-book Harlequin 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 Harlequin 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. The winner will also be featured on both Harlequin.com and on the Harlequin Blog.
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