by Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital
Attention aspiring authors! Last month Harlequin held our second annual So You Think You Can Write online conference all about writing a great Harlequin romance novel. The week of events is over, but perhaps the best thing about SYTYCW is the writing contest…and it’s still open to submissions. That’s right–one lucky aspiring, previously unpublished author will get their romance published by Harlequin!
But the deadline to enter is fast approaching, so if you’ve got a manuscript suited for one of Harlequin’s 16 romance series (including Harlequin Presents), don’t miss this great opportunity to enter it!
Here’s some quick info on what you need to know…
- DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 11:59 EST on December 15, 2011
- To enter, submit a complete manuscript and synopsis through the entry form here
- All entries in the contest must be targeted to one of Harlequin’s 16 series romance lines (lines are listed in the official rules)
- Contest is open to UK, US, Canada (excluding Quebec), Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
- Contest is open to unpublished fiction writers — you can still enter if you have published works of non-fiction or short stories under 10,000 words, or self-published something. Please read the FAQs or Official Rules (links below) to make sure you qualify.
What to know more? Here are some links to more information:
- Writing Contest detail page
- Official rules
- FAQs (scroll down for the contest section, as well as the “help” email address if you have any questions)
- Submission form
If you are planning to enter the writing contest, we also encourage you to make your submission prior to the deadline. We expect a lot of traffic to come through the submission form right before the contest close, and we want to ensure that everyone’s submission will get through with no problems (you will get a confirmation message on the site when you have successfully submitted your entry).
The editors are really looking forward to reading all the entries. And remember, if you missed any event from So You Think You Can Write (or all of it), every single blog post, podcast, chat transcript, video, etc. can be access through the archive section. There are great tips in there, especially in the editor feedback section from the daily assignments, where editors have critiqued real first pages, synopses, and more.