Write from the Heart: Harlequin Heartwarming Writing Contest

HeartwarmingYou could be the next Harlequin Heartwarming author! The Heartwarming team is on the lookout for clean, contemporary romance stories that dig deep into emotion and obstacle for a satisfying read. If you have an idea for a wholesome romance, we’d love to see what you’ve got!  This summer, the Heartwarming team will read your submissions in three stages, hoping to find a brand-new Heartwarming author.  Here’s how the contest works:

Stage 1 – Make our hearts skip a beat with the first page of your manuscript.

From June 9 to 15, submit the first page of your Heartwarming story to WriteFromTheHeart@harlequin.ca. We’ll let you know by June 20 whether you’ve been chosen to go on to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Pull on our heartstrings with an expanded synopsis (5-10 pages) and your first three chapters.

Selected authors will have from June 21 to June 29 to submit their proposals. All authors who submit a proposal in Stage 2 will receive a one-page critique of their submission.

Stage 3 — If we’ve fallen head over heels with your story, you’ll have the opportunity to submit your full manuscript to Harlequin Heartwarming.

During the week of July 21, we’ll announce which authors move on to Stage 3 at the Heartwarming Open House during the RWA conference in San Antonio—we’ll also contact the shortlisted authors individually.

Once we receive your manuscript, we’ll read and respond within four weeks .

Each author who submits a full manuscript will receive a personal mentorship with a Heartwarming editor. (Mentorship may last up to six consecutive months and could end in an offer of publication.)

We’ll be accepting submissions next week, but in the meantime you can prepare to Write from the Heart by checking out the Heartwarming guidelines, reading our blog posts and getting to know the Heartwarming team in the Harlequin Community. One entry per author, please. With such tight deadlines, it’s a good idea to keep writing while you wait for a response. We can’t wait to start reading!

For more about the contest or ask a question, please visit the Write from the Heart contest thread in Community. Good luck!

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. Sol Martinez
    June 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hello, I’m from Argentina, is the contest international? Can I participate? I would really like to! Thank you!

  2. Dana Grimaldi
    June 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Hi, Sol,

    The contest is open to everyone. We look forward to your entry!

    All the best,

  3. Leola Ogle
    June 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    How do you submit to this contest? Is there a form? I tried using WriteFromTheHeart@harlequin.ca. as an email address and Yahoo says that’s invalid.

    Thanks so much,


  4. Amy
    June 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Leola,

    Could you please try emailing WriteFromTheHeart@Harlequin.ca again now?

    The contest opened to submissions yesterday, and the address is correct. Please also ensure any attachments are under 5MB as well.

    If you experience any other difficulties, you can also contact the Heartwarming editorial assistants and community hosts directly in the contest thread in Community: http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/2153-Write-from-the-Heart-Harlequin-Heartwarming-Contest?p=120551#post120551

    ~Amy from Harlequin

  5. Dana Grimaldi
    June 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, Leola,
    We definitely received your submission. You should get a confirmation email soon!

    Thanks so much for entering!
    All the best,

  6. Deborah L Giannone
    June 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I have been trying unsuccessfully to submit my page 1 of Heart Warming Contest Entry for the past 2 days and can not seem to get to the correct window to do so. I have been on for 5 hours now and still can’t post and it is 11:59. I would like to sincerely take part in this contest please contact me.

  7. Dana Grimaldi
    June 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hi, Deborah,
    We received your entry, and we’ll be happy to consider your first page as part of the Write from the Heart contest.
    Thanks so much for entering!
    All the best,

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