New Authors and SYTYCW Winners

2015 Winner

Lauren D.M. Smith

Coming from a family of bookworms, Lauren D.M. Smith’s obsession with the written word started young. Her love of books quickly went from reading to writing and in high school she started writing full novels. After living and working around the world, she’s finally settled down in the village of Lyn, Ontario, Canada with her fiancé and their ever-growing collection of nerdy hobbies.

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2015 Finalists

2015 SYTYCW Finalist

2014 Winner

Amanda Cinelli

Amanda Cinelli was born and raised in an Irish-Italian family in the suburbs of County Dublin, Ireland. Her passion for writing developed at a young age as a necessary outlet for an overactive imagination. She now splits her time between being a stay at home mom, studying psychology at university and writing love stories.


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2014 Finalists

2014 SYTYCW Finalist

2013 Winner

Tanya Wright

For years Tanya Wright filled notebooks with short stories as a way of creative release. She found her big break and graduated from spiral notebooks to paperbacks when she won SYTYCW 2013. She lives just outside of Boston with her sister, and works as a Bridal Stylist where she gathers inspiration for future novels.


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2013 Finalists

2013 SYTYCW Finalist

2012 Winner

Jennifer Hayward

Award-winning author Jennifer Hayward emerged on the publishing scene as the winner of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write global writing contest. The recipient of Romantic Times Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Harlequin Presents of 2014, Jennifer’s careers in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, have provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write.

“I have loved reading romances since I was a teenager, particularly Harlequin Presents, which took me away to glamorous places with wonderful heroes,” the Nova Scotia born and raised Hayward says….

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2012 Finalists

2012 SYTYCW Finalist

2011 Winner

Kat Cantrell

Kat Cantrell read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. She majored in literature, officially with the intent to teach, but ended up in middle management, until she became a stay-at-home-mom and full-time writer. She was the 2011 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript. Kat, her husband and their two boys live in north Texas.

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2011 Finalists

2011 SYTYCW Finalist

2010 Winner

Leah Ashton

An unashamed fan of all things happily ever after, Leah Ashton has been a lifelong reader of romance. Writing came a little bit later, although in hindsight, she’d been dreaming up stories for as long as she can remember. Sadly, the most popular boy in school never did suddenly fall head over heels in love with her…

Now she lives in Perth, Western Australia with her own real life hero, two gorgeous dogs and the world’s smartest cat. By day, she works in IT, and by night she considers herself incredibly lucky to be writing the type of books she…

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2010 Finalists

2010 SYTYCW Finalist