Harlequin Presents Writing Competion: Official Rules

These are all the legal rules for the Instant Seduction Harlequin Presents Writing Competition. Naturally, the names of the winners will also be posted on the blog!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER

1. To enter, submit by e-mail a Microsoft Word file of a typed, double spaced, first chapter (no greater than 5,000 words) of a story you have written which is suitable for the Harlequin Presents series, and a synopsis (no greater than two pages in length) of the complete novel, along with your name, address, e-mail address and phone number to:

instantseduction@hmb.co.uk

2.  All submissions must be in English and be received no later than February 14th, 2008. Story concept must be original and must not have won a previous prize/award nor have been previously submitted, reproduced or published.

3.  Entries will be judged by a panel of members of the Harlequin Presents editorial staff, based on the following criteria:
• Voice
• Content
• Writing Skills

in equal measure.
 
In the event of a tie, duplicate prizes will be awarded. Decisions of the judges are final.

4. Submissions will not be returned and may be used for promotional purposes only. All rights of the submitted work will remain with the author.  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, at its discretion, may request to see one or more full manuscripts from contest entrants after the close of the competition. No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, non-compliant, non-delivered or misdirected submissions. 

  5.   This contest is open to entrants who are 18 years of age or older and is void wherever prohibited by law; all applicable laws and regulations apply.  Employees and immediate family members of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd and Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, including contracted authors, their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and all other agencies, entities and persons connected with the use, marketing or conduct of this Contest are not eligible to enter.  By acceptance of a prize, the winner consents to use of his/her name, photograph or other likeness for purposes of advertising, trade and promotion on behalf of Harlequin Enterprises Limited and Harlequin Mills & Boon, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Winners will be determined no later than March 31st, 2008, and will be notified by e-mail.  Winners will be required to sign and return a Publicity Release and Affidavit of Eligibility certifying his/her eligibility and that the submitted chapter and story outline are his/her own original work, and it has not won a previous prize/award nor has it previously been submitted/reproduced/published, within 10 days of notification.  Non-compliance within that time period may result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Harlequin Enterprises Ltd and Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, their parents, affiliates and subsidiaries are not responsible for errors in the electronic or printed presentation of this Contest.  Winners agree that Harlequin Enterprises Limited and Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of their prize.

7. Prizes:

1st – winner will be awarded the services of a Harlequin Mills & Boon editor for one year [1st April 2008 – 31st March 2009], who will offer advice and guidance on contest entry, plus subsequent, previously mutually agreed submissions of partial or full manuscripts aimed at the Harlequin Presents series.
2nd  – consultations for two runners-up on their first chapter and synopsis aimed at the Harlequin Presents series (50000 words) with a Harlequin Mills & Boon editor.
 
Only one prize per person.  No cash alternatives.

8. For a list of winners (available after 1st April 2008), send a self-addressed, stamped
envelope to:

Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited
Eton House
18-24 Paradise Road
Richmond
Surrey TW9 1SR
United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to Harlequin Presents Writing Competion: Official Rules

  1. BettyNWB says:

    Wonderful Contest. I have a question. How many entires can each person submit. Is it one per person?

    Thank you so much.

  2. Hi, there, Betty,

    We’re getting asked this question lots already! We are not limiting the number of entries that one writer can make. However, we would kindly advise that we will be looking for quality over quantity!

    Thanks so much for your interest.

    Tessa

  3. CECILIAF says:

    This is so exciting an opportunity for an aspiring author from India. Really look forward to entering the competition though I know that competition will be tough. Sounds challenging.

    Thank you for having competitions such as these and making it easy for us by accepting email submissions.

    Cecilia

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  5. GretaM says:

    Hi, Tessa.

    Can the two-page synopsis be single-spaced?

    Thanks–
    Greta

  6. mini says:

    Hi Tessa,

    Can you enter the competition if you only have a few chapters of your book finnished or do you have to have the complete book done in order to enter?

    Thank you for all your time and help.

    Mini

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  8. Greta – synopses should be double-spaced, please.

    Mini – sure you can enter with an incomplete manuscript. However, you should be able to submit a full synopsis of your completed story with your first chapter when you enter the competition. Hope you know how your story’s going to end!

  9. GretaM says:

    Hi, Tessa.

    Can we enter a manuscript which has placed in RWA chapter contests, but not yet been submitted to Hqn/Silh/M&B?

    Thanks–
    Greta

  10. Madeline Smyth says:

    Hi Tessa,

    If the ms has a Prologue, can that be included with Chapter One, if the total entry is still 5,000 words or less?

    Thanks,
    Madeline

  11. Claudia Cole says:

    Madeline I asked this question and this is the response that I got from Tessa. I’ve cut and pasted,

    Yes, a prologue is acceptable as part of the 5,000 word count.
    Some authors find prologues very effective as a way of whetting readers’ appetites before jumping right into the relationship and the story.
    The only thing to remember is, prologues should be no more than 2 – 3 pages long. Shorter, if possible.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck with your entry,

    Claudia.

  12. Tren says:

    I apologize if this question has been answered elsewhere on the site.

    Regarding the 5,000 words: is this computer word count?

    Thank you!

    Tren

  13. Madeline Smyth says:

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for the info regarding the Prologue.

    Do you know the answer to Greta’s question (just above my question) on whether a manuscript that has placed in RWA chapter contests can be entered in this contest?

    Thanks,
    Madeline

  14. Claudia Cole says:

    Madeline as far as I can recall it would be ok to enter a chapter that has placed in contests. But I really can’t say for sure. My best advice is for you to go back and read every post and every reply. The editor’s have been very thorough in their responses so you should find the answer to that question.

    I would go back and check for you but I have a hectic schedule over the next week.

    Claudia.

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