The Votes are in for Harlequin’s SYTYCW 2012 Writing Contest!

First Prize: Jennifer Drogell for The Divorce Party (Harlequin Presents). Jennifer is the lucky recipient of a series publishing contract with Harlequin! Senior Editor Joanne Grant has already made THE CALL and Jennifer is thrilled.

Second Prize: Amber L. Whitford for In Defense of the Past (Harlequin Medical Romance). Amber wins a detailed editorial consultation on her manuscript. Senior Editor Sheila Hodgson can’t wait to read Amber’s revised manuscript—a letter has gone out.

Third Prize: Mel Sterling for Grand Theft, Auto (Harlequin Romantic Suspense). Mel will receive a year’s subscription to the series of her choice—free from Harlequin! Senior Editor Patience Bloom is eagerly awaiting Mel’s revised manuscript—a revision letter is on its way.

Congratulations to our three talented finalists—winners in every way possible!

Want to chat about your writing—or ask a question? Go to 50 Editors, visit our Facebook page or follow @sytycwglobal and the hashtag #sytycw2012 on Twitter.

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One last note of encouragement… Over 60 writers who originally entered the SYTYCW contest have been contacted by the Harlequin editors—and asked to either submit a full manuscript or revise the project. We’ll keep you posted on any additional contracts!

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  1. Kristen Ethridge

    Congratulations, Jen! Welcome to the Harlequin family. This is such a great contest–without it I wouldn’t be a Love Inspired author. Can’t wait to see your awesome entry on the shelves.

    And to those who have gotten requests, good luck! To everyone who entered, congratulations on believing in yourself enough to put your baby out there! Keep writing! 🙂

  2. Marc G Whitford

    I offer my sincere congratulations to the winner Jennifer Drogell on a well deserved win for her book. It took a great deal of talent, dedication and hard work to get there.

    My daughter Amber Whitford has again showed another of her many talents through her first and very successful entry into the literary world.

    I certainly believe that Harlequin and we are just seeing the first of this emerging talent and we look forward to her next book.

    Harlequin readers can only hope she will appear in that white dress on the cover of her first publishing with Harlequin. She is truly a Harlequin embodiment of beauty, romance and mystery.

    Her Dad

  3. Charlotte M. Liebel / @Sharliebel

    Excited about your Win! I voted for you! You have the talent and now the contract…WOW! Currently, in touch with BOOTCAMP leaders Linda and Connie. Look forward to reading you.


  4. Jennifer Drogell

    Thank you all so much! I really did love every minute of writing this book. It is so close to my heart. The support and encouragement I received along the way from you all meant everything to me! What an amazing group of writers. xo

    Thank you for the welcome Kristen! How very amazing to be a Love Inspired author! 🙂

    Charlotte – Linda and Connie are amazing!! Can’t say enough about both of them.