Harlequin Presents


Found this on Alison Kent’s Blog.

A brand new writing competition from the world’s best-selling romance series is about to hit the blogosphere!

It’s an exciting time for Harlequin Presents: from January 2008, there will be 12 of our intensely passionate romances available every month. And with this increase of titles comes a great opportunity for aspiring authors – we will be looking to buy more books for publication!

The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions – and when it comes to reading a Harlequin Presents, that certainly holds true. If the first chapter doesn’t immediately grip the reader with its pace, passion and intensity, then she won’t continue to turn the pages.

So Presents is inviting unpublished writers to show us how they can grab the attention of our readership with first chapters that really sizzle. The INSTANT SEDUCTION competition offers prizes that are chances of a lifetime for the lucky winner and runners-up:

*First prize – win yourself an editor for a year!

*Two runners-up will be given editorial critiques of their first chapter entries and also a personal telephone consultation about their writing!

Visit the Iheartpresents.com blogsite for full details of the competition – and the chance to prepare for publication with an exclusive series of writing tutorials prepared by the editorial team at Harlequin Presents, including advice on First Chapters, How to Write a Synopsis, Loving the Alpha Male and Generating Emotional Conflict.

Entries for the competition will be accepted as on-line submissions only from 1st January until 14th February 2008.

Entries should comprise of the first chapter and a synopsis of a previously unpublished/unsubmitted novel aimed at Harlequin Presents.

Address for entries: instantseduction@hmb.co.uk

Pretty cool, huh? It’s definitely something to think about.


4 Responses to “Harlequin Presents”

  1. Malle Says:


    Thanks for sharing the contest information — that is what is so cool about the world of blogging. So many more ways to share information.

    I work at Harlequin (part of my job is to run the http://www.iheartpresents.com blog). If anyone has questions about the contest the editors will be around to answer and I’ll also check back here.

    Good luck to all aspiring authors!


  2. Jen Says:

    I saw this on Romance Divas. I don’t think there’s any way Harlequin Presents would want something from me. LOL.
    But it’s a wonderful opportunity. I hope some of the writers I know take advantage of it.

  3. Tempest Knight Says:

    Sounds interesting! Are you planning to submit? 🙂

  4. Marissa Says:

    I’m not sure yet, Tempest. I’m considering it with my sheik book. I’ve nearly got the first chapter done, just needs polishing. I wrote it one day when Malik was being bossy and annoying and made me write at least the beginning. Arrogant sheik. *shaking head*

    How about you? You thinking of submitting there?

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