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Harlequin Creator Fund

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to Friday, March 15, 2019

Harlequin Creator Fund Opens for Submissions!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to Friday, March 15, 2019

Harlequin Feel Good Creator's Fund for Inspiring Storytellers

Harlequin has launched the Creator Fund as part of the Harlequin Feel Good Project. The Creator Fund continues Harlequin’s 70-year tradition of promoting female storytellers by offering funding to women creating feel-good content.

The Creator Fund is designed to attract and support up-and-coming and established female writers (in the US and Canada) of fiction, TV or movie scripts, who tell feel-good stories with a unique point of view. We are looking for submissions that will leave audiences feeling uplifted in a wide range of genres—comedy, drama, suspense, adventure, historical and more. Submissions will be accepted from January 23, 2019 to March 15, 2019.

More details on funding, eligibility and submission criteria are available here and you can submit your fiction, TV or movie script to the Creator Fund here. Good luck to all entrants!



Harlequin Dare Blitz!

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

We’re looking for new authors for Harlequin Dare! Submit your sexy contemporary romance proposal between Monday, April 9, 2018 and Friday April 20, 2018, and get a response by Friday, May 4th, 2018!

Whether you have a WIP almost ready or you’re starting from scratch, we want to see your story! This isn’t a contest but a chance to get your story in front of an editor and hear what they think—maybe you could become our next Dare author.

Here are the details:

  • Submit a cover letter, the first chapter and a complete synopsis between Monday, April 9, 2018 and Friday, April 20, 2018.
  • All submissions will receive feedback by Friday, May 4, 2018.
  • Original content only please.
  • Make sure you check out our series guidelines here before submitting!

For a complete list of events during the blitz, check out our contest schedule.


Harlequin Romance Blitz

Thursday, February 1st to Wednesday, February 14th 2018


Do you adore a feel-good love story? We’re looking for new authors for Harlequin Romance, also known as Mills & Boon True Love (UK) and Forever Romance (Aus/NZ), and we want to see YOUR fresh, vibrant voice!

The details are:

  • Submit a cover letter, the first chapter and a complete synopsis between 1st February and 14th February 2018.
  • All submissions will receive feedback by 21st February 2018.
  • Original content only please.
  • Make sure you check out our series guidelines here before submitting!

What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to read your fresh, contemporary romance! Click Submit to get started!



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

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!


Ooooh. . .Canada! Blitz

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



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!



#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!


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!



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:

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.


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!


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.



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!