13 December 2010

So you think you can write?

Have you written a novel? Or at least a first chapter and an outline? Or maybe, like me, you've done NaNo and have a first draft?
Can your novel by any chance be classified as romance?
Wondering what to do with that?

How about sending it to Harlequin - the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of books for women?
It's the last challenge of their So You Think You Can Write project which featured a series of very informative and encouraging social media events in the first week of November.

All you need to have your submission considered is to sent a synopsis (5-7 pages) and first chapter (max 22 pages) of your novel (can be unfinished, but you'd better be prepared to have the rest handy in case you get a request for more in January!). Your novel can be targeted at any of Harlequin/Mills&Boon lines.

Here you will find some pointers regarding how to write your chapter and the dreaded synopsis. And if you need more info on Harlequin writing guidelines, have a look here.

Deadline: December 15, 6pm EDT. Results by 31 January 2011 (pretty fast, innit?)
I've just sent my submission - my NaNo medical romance.

Good luck to everyone :)


  1. I entered the Harlequin So You Think You Can Write Challenge. It was the first contest I've entered in more than four years and only the second I've entered EVER. I've spent this week searching for contests I'd like to enter and posting the dates on my calendar. So hopefully it won't be another four years before my next entry.

  2. Well done, Raleigh. Good idea with having a contest calendar (I've been planning to set up one for ages).
    I've enetered a few contests and going to keep doing it. I particualry appreciate those where I get get feedback from the judges.

    Good luck with your entry