The Harlequin Medical Romance Fast-Track is BACK!

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by Flo Nicoll, Assistant Editor, Mills & Boon


In 2010, Medical Romance fever swept through Romance HQ in London – it was the summer of our famous Fast Track. All Medical submissions sent in August were guaranteed a response in August, and wow did you keep us all busy. We read an incredible 174 Medical submissions and went on to buy FIVE authors from it: Louisa George, Leonie Knight, Annie Claydon, Connie Cox and Tina Beckett.

This June, we’re looking to repeat the success:



  • Are you a fan of the Medical Romance series?
  • Or perhaps you’re addicted to medical TV dramas?
  • Do you want to write for an excitingly unique, globally distributed series?
  • And – of course! – do you want an editorial response within a month?

Then this is the initiative for you!

All you need is an idea for a romance in a medical setting and the first chapter only – the rest is simple!

Send us a covering letter with a synopsis of your story and characters (no more than two pages) along with the first chapter

  • Fast-track submissions must be received between 1st and 7th June 2012 (12.00 midnight BST, British Summer Time)
  • Email your submission (as a Word document attachment) to
  • You will receive a response by email by 29th June.
  • Otherwise our normal submissions and format procedures apply (visit our ‘Submit  manuscript’ section at )


Excited already? You certainly should be – this is a fantastic opportunity to get your writing noticed by the Medical Romance team and we can’t wait to read your submissions!

If you want to learn more about the Medical series first, then watch this space – we’ll be following up with lots of advice before 1st June! You can also find our writing guidelines or buy Medical Romance titles in print or ebook format from (a Medical Romance podcast is available here too), and  You can also join our Community discussion where the editors and authors will be sharing tips and guidelines on submitting here

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5 Responses to The Harlequin Medical Romance Fast-Track is BACK!

  1. What an awesome opportunity.I’ve got the dates on my calendar and will be submitting ahead of June 7. Thanks for the chance to pitch.

  2. Donna South

    Hi. Do you have to have finished the manuscript to enter? Thanks.

  3. Hi Donna,

    You need to submit a synopsis and the first chapter to the Medical Fast-Track, not the full manuscript.

    Best of luck!

    Olga ~ Harlequin Blog

  4. Hi,

    I just wanted to verify that the Fast-Track is due by the end (Midnight) on Thursday and not Midnight on the morning of the 7th?



  5. Donna South

    Hi. This has been so much fun! Is the synopsis ok to be single-spaced? I think the normal submission criteria is for single spaced, but I read – somewhere – that the whole entry should be double-spaced…?


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