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Harlequin and Mills & Boon Writing Contest

We’re the world’s largest romance publisher and we’re going global to find our next new writing star. One lucky winner will be offered a series book contract for publication in both print and digital. Could it be you? Or someone you know.


The contest is open to both unpublished and published writers residing in the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. One entry per person please!

Public Voting Round One Dates: Oct 2-11

All first chapters and pitches will be posted here on the site. You are invited to vote for your favorite—one vote per day only. Submissions will appear in random order during the voting phase.

Editors Request Round Dates: Oct 13-18

The editors will request full manuscripts from the top 25 submissions–as voted by the public. We’ll be in touch by email and phone so stand by! Editors will also have the discretion to choose 3 "wild card" entries, which means a total of 28 stories will qualify for the next round.

Editors Judging Round Dates: Oct 19-Nov 2

Editors in New York, Toronto and the UK will judge all 28 full manuscripts and select 3 finalists.

Public Voting Round Two Dates: Nov 16-27

The top 3 manuscripts will be posted and once again you are invited to vote for your favorite.

Grand Prize Winner Date: Nov 29

We’ll announce the name of the first prize winner and newest contracted author for Harlequin. Second prize consists of an editorial consultation. Third prize will be a yearlong subscription to any series.


Current Submissions

A Fantasy to Remember

On a dare, safely hidden behind a half-mask, Jenna Tatum is auctioned to Victor Rawlings, South Beach’s hottest bachelor. They indulge in a one-night fantasy that leaves them wanting much more.
Who knew she’d actually land his company’s corporate account…
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