Harlequin Presents Writing Competition 2009: the Winners!
by editor Joanne Grant
We launched The Harlequin Presents Writing Competition 2009 on July 6th this year and from the moment the announcement went out, we were overwhelmed by the response! There was so much excitement and buzz and it is fair to say that the buzz has continued right through to now – the moment everyone has been waiting for…
From 544 to 4…we have our winners and runners-up!
We found it so hard to choose between our final shortlist that we decided to honour both streams of editorial, so we have two winners and two runners-up! They are:
CAPTURED: HIS RUNAWAY MISTRESS by Susanna Carr
THE BILLIONAIRE'S PROUD MISTRESS by Maggie Marr
THE BOSS'S INTIMATE TAKEOVER by Gill Clegg
SHOES, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE by Joanne Pibworth
Once we had decided on our winners and contacted them (it was so exciting to call them all up to break the good news!), we discovered that both of our Presents/Modern winners were North American and have some recent publishing experience, whereas both of our Modern Heat winners are from the UK and are unpublished. It is so great to think that through our competition we have found talent from both sides of the pond with such different levels of experience.
Both winners, Susanna and Gill, win an editor for a year, and our runners-up, Maggie and Joanne, have won a consultation on their entries with an editor. Please join me, and the editorial team, in congratulating them!
We would also like to thank all of you who entered and for your continued interest and enthusiasm! Although we cannot give individual feedback on the majority go the submissions, we will be sending out an email to each and every one of you. Our aim is for all responses to be sent no later than December 18th.
We will be sharing the winning chapters and our thoughts on them in the coming months, so be sure to come back and visit is regularly!