Submit Your First Chapter and 100-Word Pitch

We are now closed for First Chapter submissions. A big thank you to everyone who submitted to one of our 20 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.

Top 50 Finalists

In mid-October the editors will select the Top 50 best chapters from all the submissions received and request full manuscripts from those writers. We will post the names and titles of the Top 50 finalists on or around October 21.

Top 10 Finalists

All the Harlequin editors will read and evaluate the full Top 50 manuscripts and narrow the field to the Top 10 manuscripts, which will then be posted for voting.

Public Voting: November 12 – 25

Yes, that’s you! Read all 10 complete manuscripts, post comments and vote for your favorite. During this time visit with our Author Mentors & Editors who have teamed up with each of the finalists to generate excitement.

Grand Prize Winner Date: December 4

We’ll announce the name of the contest winner—and lucky recipient of a series publishing contract with Harlequin!

 Questions? Click on the Contest Rules or FAQs for additional information. Or email us at

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Wattpad Bonus Writing Contest—Submissions Close October 28, 2013

Harlequin is launching a New Adult Romance series and we’ve partnered with Wattpad to offer a bonus writing contest—in addition to our SYTYCW writing contest. Visit for details. Starting September 23 writers can submit the first chapter and a 100-word pitch aimed at the New Adult Romance series. Submissions will be posted exclusively on Wattpad for comment and voting. Harlequin editors will judge the top 25 manuscripts and select four winners who will be published in the New Adult Romance line. Wattpad is the world’s largest online community for reading, writing and sharing stories.

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