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#SexyBlitz

Monday, August 1st to Thursday, September 15th 2016

Welcome to our #SexyBlitz!

It’s getting hot in here…!

Do you love writing sexy, contemporary romances? Do you want to write for Harlequin’s newest, sexiest series? Then our #SexyBlitz is the submission opportunity for you!

Harlequin is launching a new sexy contemporary series and to help us find the freshest new voices out there, we’re running a #SexyBlitz. The details are:

  • Submit three chapters and a synopsis between 1st August and 15th September 2016.
  • All submissions will receive feedback by 30th September 2016.
  • Original content only please.
  • Make sure you check out our series guidelines here before submitting!
  • Still have questions? Email us at Submissions@Harlequin.com

What are you waiting for? Click on the Submittable icon below to get started, and we can’t wait to read what sexy romances you have in store for us!

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Ooooh. . .Canada! Blitz

Friday, July 1st, 2016 to Monday September 12, 2016

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We’re searching for the great Canadian romantic hero!

Writers! Have you ever dreamed of writing the great Canadian romance? Well, now’s the time to tell your story. from July 1 to September 12, 2016, send a 3-7 page synopsis and first chapter to the Ooooh. . . Canada! blitz and get feedback by December 1, 2016!

Get more details at this announcement.

Or just hit submit to read our series guidelines and enter your story!


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#Historical Blitz

Monday, May 16, 2016 - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Do you love writing historical romances which sweep you away to another time and place? Have you dreamed of being the next new author for HarlequinHistorical? Well, now’s your chance to shine by entering your proposal in the #HistoricalBlitz! Submit a first chapter and pitch to us by May 31, 2016 and receive a response by June 10, 2016!


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Harlequin Heartwarming Blitz!

Monday April 4, 2016 - Friday April 22, 2016

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Do you have a clean, emotionally satisfying contemporary romance that celebrates community, family connections and true love?  If so—we would love to see it! Submit a cover letter, synopsis and first chapter of your manuscript between April 4 and April 22, 2016, and get editorial feedback from our expert editors!

Check out the contest schedule and Announcement blog post for details!

 


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Love Inspired Historical Manuscript Matchmakers

Monday February 22, 2016-Wednesday August 31, 2016

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Love Inspired Historical is looking for new authors!

The Love Inspired editors are thrilled to announce our newest pitch opportunity, Manuscript Matchmakers (#ManuscriptMatch). We want to fall in love with some amazing inspirational historical romance novels. If you think your book holds the key to our hearts, we encourage you to pitch it to the Manuscript Matchmakers. For more information visit:

http://www.harlequin.com/ManuscriptMatchmakers/

Desire Special Call: Winter 2016

February 15th 2016-March 31st 2016

 

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Do you want to be the next debut author for Harlequin Desire?

From February 15th until March 31st, submit a proposal to Harlequin Desire and we will respond with feedback to each and every submission by April 30th, 2016! Check out contest schedule and Special Call blog post for details!

The Harlequin Desire Special Call Winter 2016 is now closed.

#MedicalBlitz

February 1, 2016 - February 14, 2016

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Harlequin Medical Romance is always looking for new authors! We’re committed to finding and nurturing brilliant, contemporary new voices—and now is your chance to be one of them! Send us your contemporary Medical Romance submission between February 1st and Valentine’s Day…and get a response (including editorial feedback!) by Friday, February 19th!

The Harlequin Medical Romance #MedicalBlitz is now closed for new submissions. Read our blitz Round-up on the blog!

SYTYCW CONFERENCE 2015

September 14-18, 2015

We’re looking for great new voices in romantic fiction, and we’re offering the awesome Grand Prize of a two-book contract with Harlequin! You can still access our free online editorial sessions for every writing level that were part of our interactive conference September 14-18, 2015.

A few of the more than 40 sessions featuring editors and writers:

  • Keeping Pace: Plot your romance with excitement and tension
  • Born to be Bad: Horrible bosses, evil exes and other romance villains
  • Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue
  • The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

Our ever popular Writing Challenges ran on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during our online conference. We’re now closed to new entries, but you can read the personalized feedback our hardworking authors received from our editors!

To see the full conference schedule and access our archived posts, select “Details” below.

 

SYTYCW CONTEST 2015

July 2, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Do you dream of publishing the next great romance with Harlequin?

Harlequin’s annual So You Think You Can Write Contest is teaming 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!

Since launching So You Think You Can Write in 2010 we’ve discovered and published 30 new writers and counting, across 15 Harlequin categories. Whether you write historical or paranormal romance, romantic suspense, Blaze-worthy sexy romance or wholesome Heartwarming romantic stories, there’s a Harlequin category perfect for you! And this year we welcome Carina Press to So You Think You Can Write, expanding our eligible categories to include sci-fi/futuristic romance, LGBTQ romance, New Adult romance and more.

Submissions to the contest and voting for this year are now closed.

Our Grand Prize Winner  for So You Think You Can Write 2015 is Lauren D.M. Smith for her Carina Press entry, The Emperor’s Arrow!

Watch the video of The Call to Lauren with Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James on our blog – click on the link below!