Love romance? Love Harlequin? Have you always dreamed of writing a
your own? Enter Harlequine's 5th Annual SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE
contest to make your dream a reality!
Harlequin’s 5th annual writing contest SYTYCW is open to 7 different
editors are looking for new writing talent with fresh, vibrant voices, for
18 of their
Categories (imprints/lines). Contest includes a grand prize of a 2-book
contract with Harlequin!
The initial submission period occurs July 2 – September 21, so get your
This year Harlequin has partnered with WattPad, the world’s largest
of readers and writers. Contest entries are submitted through Wattpad! Visit
contest page for more information and to submit your story, then share
your friends using #SYTYCW15.
Grand prize: 2-book publishing contract with Harlequin!
Open to legal residents of: U.K., U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec),
Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (collectively, the
have reached the age of majority in their country/state/province/territory
residence or older at the time entry.
18 Categories (or lines) that we are looking for new authors in:
- American Romance
- Kimani Romance
- Love inspired
- Love Inspired Historical
- Love Inspired Suspense
- Medical Romance
- Romantic Suspense
- Special Edition
- Carina Press
Details on writing guidelines for each of the lines can be found at Wattpad's Categories Overview
SYTYCW contest timeline:
- July 2, 2015 – September 21, 2015 (online writing contest): Write
and post your
Harlequin romance story on Wattpad.
- September 22, 2015 – October 6, 2015: Judges read FIRST CHAPTER and
pitch (Part I
and Part II on Wattpad) ONLY to determine the top 50 submissions (but full
must be posted by September 21 to be eligible).
- October 8, 2015 – October 14, 2015: Go to
vote for your favorite top 50 submission. The top 25 out of these votes will
- October 15 – November 9, 2015: There are several steps combined
here (read rules
regulations for more details) but the judges review the top 25 manuscripts
entirety, and the top ten finalists move forward.
- November 10, 2015 – November 17, 2015: Visit
for your favorite!
- November 19, 2015: Winner announced!
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