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 the 2014 SYTYCW Writing Contest.
One lucky writer will win the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize. The grand prize 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.
How’s that for a fantastic basket of goodies to set a writer on the exciting journey to publication?
2014 SYTYCW Five Day Online Conference
Did you attend our 24/7 online conference? Missed one of the blogs, live chats, writing challenges or Twitter events? No problem! You will find all the sessions in the archives or by clicking on the Conference Calendar.
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.
Submit your chapter right away so more people—including the editors–will see it!
You can read all the chapters at Read Chapters.
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!
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