Welcome to the Harlequin Submissions page!

One of the world's leading publishers of books for women, Harlequin issues titles in 34 languages and sells its books in 102 international markets. Publishing more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world, Harlequin has offices in 15 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world.   

 Harlequin is unique in the publishing industry, combining highly recognizable imprints, a global reach, a successful reader service and diverse reading platforms including ebooks, audio and mobile phone applications. We’re constantly on the lookout for talented new authors and we eagerly await your submission! 

 You’ll find writing and submission guidelines for all of our romance series below. Our Harlequin series romance books (sometimes called category romance) offer the benefits of global distribution and a recognizable and respected brand that our readers understand and love.

All of our series romance titles feature a strong central romance. A sustained conflict between the hero and heroine leading to a Happily Ever After is at the heart of every story. The best way to become familiar with the line you’re targeting (and increase your chances of submitting successfully) is to read what we’re publishing at harlequin.com.

Our single title lines, including HQN, MIRA and Harlequin Teen accept agented submissions only

Our digital-first, adult fiction imprint, Carina Press, accepts submissions in a range of genres, including romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and more. To submit to Carina Press, please visit carinapress.com

We accept .doc, .docx and .rtf formats, and request that you name your files with the following convention: Line Name_Title_Author First and Last Name. For example: Harlequin Desire_The Tycoon_Jane Smith. All submissions must include:

  • a cover letter with your legal name and pseudonym (if applicable), manuscript title and word length, a brief biographical statement including any previous writing credits, and a short description of the book (your pitch or teaser)
  • a 2-7 page (requirements vary by series) synopsis that describes your book in detail, including plot outline, character development and story/conflict resolution
  • Either the first three chapters or the full manuscript of your book (requirements vary by series; please check individual guidelines when you click “submit”)

You must be registered with Submittable to submit your manuscript. You will be prompted to create an account when you begin the submission process. Please submit to only one category at a time, with only one submission at a time.We accept submissions in English only. 

Please allow approximately 12 weeks for a response to your submission. Submission times may vary depending on the current volume of submissions. If a response has not been received after 12-14 weeks, you can follow up by adding a note to your submission, or by emailing submissions@harlequin.com, including your name, manuscript title and the Harlequin series name in the subject line of your email. Please allow 72 business hours for a response.

For general inquiries, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.  For writing tips and advice from our editorial team visit soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com and our SOLD! blog.






Harlequin is launching a new sexy contemporary series in July 2017. If you write super-hot stories, this new series may be right for you! 

Erotically charged. Sexually explicit. Irresistibly passionate.


Harlequin’s new sexy contemporary series will deliver red hot romances that push the boundaries of sexual explicitness, while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship of the hero and heroine. 

Key Elements

  • The heat level is explicit and graphic. The hero and heroine have a powerful sexual and emotional connection.
  •  We’re looking for authors who have a distinct, memorable voice and write stories with a high level of sexual tension as well as graphic sex. 
  •  We want to read the ultimate alpha hero of all of your sexual fantasies! While billionaires, CEOs and other successful, affluent men are welcome, we also are open to a grittier heroes and anti-heroes.
  •  Heroines are empowered, independent, fun and fearless women who don’t necessarily need a man in their lives—having a man is her choice…and her pleasure!
  •  Stories must be contemporary. Readers should be swept away by sexual fantasy, even as the characters deal with real world obstacles and challenges in the face of their love.
  •  Setting can either be urban (Paris, London, New York, L.A., Sydney, Rome) or exotic (Amalfi Coast, Hawaii, Caribbean). The setting alone doesn’t make the story sexy but it certainly helps!
  •  We are open to 3rd person or 1st person point of view. There should be a balance of POV between the H&H.
  •  Word count of 50,000 means stories must be fast-paced and plot-driven.
We are open to many different story types, and each manuscript will be evaluated on how the subject matter is handled. We are not interested in age play, bestiality, incest or rape. No paranormal or historicals.

Submissions are being accepted in all three of our editorial offices. For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor, Toronto

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, New York

Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, UK





 


Ends on 9/12/2016

Writers! Have you ever dreamed of writing the great Canadian romance?

Well, now’s the time to tell your story. Harlequin is on a nationwide mission to learn what the Canadian romantic hero is all about. 

Strong & rugged?    Refined & sophisticated?   Dark & Mysterious?   Charming & Sexy?   Brash & Bold?

We want ‘em all!

The details:

From July 1 2016 to September 12, 2016, submit a 3-7 page synopsis and first chapter to the Ooooh. . . Canada! Blitz.
Submit to any category we publish in our series lines, as long as it features a Canadian romantic hero. What does that mean? YOU tell US!

Reminder: Your submission must still meet the guidelines of the category you're targeting. Please read the writing guidelines carefully. We always recommend reading recent titles from the series you're targeting.

All entries to the Ooooh…Canada! Blitz will be reviewed by the editors with feedback provided by December 1, 2016.


In your submission, include:


- A query letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, contest wins, or affiliations.

- A 3-7 page synopsis. We want to know what happens in your book, even the ending! No cliffhangers, please. Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face on the road to romance.

- The first chapter of your manuscript (up to 20 pages). Include the name of the category you're targeting in the Title line of your submission. Example: Title: [Your Manuscript Title]: Harlequin Desire


Limit: one submission per author. We accept submissions from anywhere in the world. While your manuscript does not need to be complete before you send your synopsis and first chapter, note that we will be asking for fulls from promising submissions and would like to see them as soon as possible.




 

Contemporary, sensual, conflict-driven romances that feature strong-but-vulnerable alpha heroes and dynamic heroines who want love—and more! Reads that are always powerful, passionate and provocative.

Harlequin Desire Key Elements

Powerful, passionate and provocative contemporary romances set against a backdrop of wealth, privilege and glamour

  • Intense, dramatic storylines with a highly sensual, passionate feel
  • Classic romance hooks mixed with juicy, unique elements
  • High-stakes conflicts (emotional and/or external) drive the plot
  • Every story includes the sense of a bigger world—extended families, corporations, brotherhoods, best friends, partners, secret societies
  • Stories are primarily set in North America but can be set elsewhere; they should not feel exotic. The author's voice sets the tone for each story
  • Sexual language is euphemistic and romantic, not explicit
  • The reader should feel swept away from the everyday
  • Characters should have believable, sympathetic motivations
  • An emotional payoff befitting a powerful, passionate and provocative read
  • No paranormal or romantic suspense stories; no sheikh or royalty stories at this time
  • 50,000 words in length 

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on our Frequently Asked Questions

Featured in Harlequin Desire:

A powerful and wealthy hero—an alpha male with a sense of entitlement, and sometimes arrogance. Beneath his alpha exterior, he displays vulnerability, and he is capable of being saved by the heroine. The Harlequin Desire hero often has fewer scenes from his point of view, but in many ways, he owns the story. Readers should want to fall in love with and rescue the Harlequin Desire hero themselves!

The Harlequin Desire heroine knows who she is and what she wants. She is complex and can be vulnerable herself. She is strong-willed and smart, though capable of making mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart. The heroine is equally as important as the hero, if not more so.

Harlequin Desire stories should take place against the dramatic backdrop of sweeping family saga. The hero and heroine are not isolated from outside influences, even in forced proximity stories. External factors impact the relationship. Their loyalties, goals and personal lives affect their emotions and influence the development of the romance.

 

Harlequin Desire is…

Revenge or Scandal or Dallas or House of Cards for their wealthy and glamorous settings, intense story arcs that sometimes span generations and highly dramatic, larger-than-life conflicts that characters address in a believable way.

Did You Know?

  • The 2011 winner of SYTYCW has sold more than fifteen titles to Desire!
  • So far in 2015, Harlequin Desire editors have bought two authors new to the line
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Desire books available each month
  • Check out the Sold! blog for this Focus on Harlequin Desire or What Desire Wants and more!
  • Join the Harlequin Community of readers and writers who love talking about Desire here
  • Follow the #HarlequinDesire Twitter stream
  • Follow the Harlequin Desire editors on Twitter --  @Stacy_Boyd, @CharlieGrim and @calixofcoffee

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Stacy Boyd 
Editor: Charles Griemsman
Editorial Assistant : Tahra Seplowin
Editorial Office: NY, NY

Wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate traditional values, strong communities, family connections and true love.

Heartwarming Key Elements

  • Clean, emotional, satisfying romances that readers can feel comfortable sharing with their friends and family of all ages.
  • Romance, family and community are strong features of these stories.
  • Characters demonstrate traditional values, but exhibit flaws and overcome hurdles similar to those in other contemporary series romances. We welcome characters and themes with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and challenges
  • Conflict between the main characters should be an emotional one, arising naturally from the story
  • Plots unfold in a wholesome style and voice that excludes explicit sex or nudity, pre-marital sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence: references to violent incidents or pre-marital sex in the past are acceptable if they contribute to character development
  • Physical interactions (i.e. kissing/hugging) should emphasize emotional tenderness rather than sexual desire or sensuality: low level of sexual tension; characters should not make love unless they are married
  • No paranormal
  • No explicit religious or Christian content
  • Word count of 70,000 to 75,000 allows for breadth and complexity of story, and development of compelling sub-plots.
For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

 

Harlequin Heartwarming is…

Similar in tone and feel to movies and TV shows like Sleepless in Seattle, Parenthood and Enough Said.

 Read what we're publishing.

Recommended:

The Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara

Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink

Risk of Falling by Syndi Powell

Man of His Word by Cynthia Reese

The Better Man by Amy Vastine

Did You Know?

  • Harlequin is one of the first publishers to recognize the growing clean romance market, publishing four original Heartwarming books each month.
  • The editors are looking for both new authors and veteran writers.
  • Heartwarming books are available digitally and in mass market paperback through Harlequin.com and membership in our book club.

Find More Information At…

Senior Editor: Victoria Curran @VictoriaCurran2
Editor: Kathryn Lye @Lye1892
Assistant Editor: Claire Caldwell @cpmcaldwell
Administrative Assistant: Deirdre McCluskey @Deirdre33

Editorial Office: Toronto, Canada


Richly textured, emotionally intense novels set across a wide range of historical periods - ancient civilizations up to and including the Second World War. We welcome submissions set in varied, interesting locations and featuring characters from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Harlequin Historical Key Elements

  • Strong and dynamic characters with believable, relatable conflicts, appropriate for the time in which they are set.
  • Central relationship as the driving force of the story.
  • Historical research and accuracy are essential to bring the world to life! But remember to focus on the romance.
  • All levels of sensuality are considered. From the tingling sensation you experience when a wet-shirted Mr. Darcy rises from the lake, to the explicit bedroom romps of Tudor times, whatever the level of sensuality, chemistry and sexual tension are vital.
  • Variety is key in this line – we're happy to publish stories from ancient Greece to the Wild West and all the way through to the mid-twentieth century.
  • Word length: 75,000

 

Featured in Harlequin Historical

This is where the alpha hero began! From a rake with a wicked glint in his eye to a gasp-inducing muscled warrior brandishing a dagger, a gorgeous kilted Highlander or a rugged, hard-working cowboy, there's a man for everyone! Heroines should emotionally challenge the hero, and inspire reader sympathy, whether they are spirited and willful, an innocent governess or a sword-wielding Samurai . . .

Harlequin Historical is…

The strength of Russell Crowe's Gladiator, the sizzling sensuality of The Tudors and Rome and the scandalous society drama of Downton Abbey!

Did You Know?

  • In 2015 we acquired 5 brand-new authors for the line.
  • Some of our most recent acquisitions include sexy rakes on their Grand Tour of Europe, courageous soldiers fresh from the battlefields of Waterloo and a ‘mouse’ of a heroine who is nowhere as meek as her new husband believes. What will you write?
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Historical books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Linda Fildew
Assistant Editor: Kathryn Cheshire
Editorial Assistant: Nicola Caws
Editorial Office: London, UK

You can find the Historical team on Twitter! Follow @lindafildew, @CheshireKat3, @NicolaCaws and check out #HarlequinHistorical.

Submit

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

Length: ~90,000
Executive Editor: Susan Swinwood
Senior Editor: Margo Lipschultz
Associate Editor: Allison Carroll
Assistant Editor (Toronto): Brittany Lavery
Editorial Assistant : Tahra Seplowin

Editorial Office: Toronto and New York

Harlequin HQN is proud to publish outstanding mainstream romance fiction for readers around the world.

HQN is the home for full length romance novels in all subgenres - historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, erotic - as long as the story's central focus is romance. Prospective authors can familiarize themselves with the extensive selection of books we publish by reading work by some of our current authors. These include Susan Andersen, Victoria Dahl, Lori Foster, Kristan Higgins, Julia London, Susan Mallery, Kasey Michaels, Linda Lael Miller, Diana Palmer, Gena Showalter, Christina Skye, and RaeAnne Thayne.

The imprint is looking for a wide range of authors from established romance stars to first-time authors. At the moment, we are accepting only agented submissions.


Crime stories tailored to the series romance market packed with a variety of thrilling suspense and whodunit mystery.



Harlequin Intrigue Key Elements:

  • Crime-solving and a complex mystery are at the foundation of every Intrigue series romance novel
  • Well motivated hero and heroine must work together in a high-stakes, fast-paced framework to resolve the mystery
  • The hero and heroine must share a palpable physical and emotional attraction throughout
  • Classic romance themes integrated with and integral to a suspenseful crime drama, mystery or thriller are critical to every Harlequin Intrigue novel
  • North American settings
  • No graphic sexual details, explicit language or gratuitous violence in text
  • The mystery must be resolved and there should always be a satisfying conclusion to the romance by the novel's end
  • Word count of 55,000 words
  • Subplots should be kept to a minimum

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Featured in Harlequin Intrigue

Taut, edge-of-the-seat contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and desire. Kidnappings, stalkings, women in jeopardy coupled with bestselling romantic themes are all at the forefront of a Harlequin Intrigue novel. The Harlequin Intrigue hero is not afraid to break the rules in order to see justice done and to protect the innocent. The Harlequin Intrigue heroine is the no-nonsense, girl next door who may be caught up in dangerous circumstances. From stories of psychological suspense to murder mysteries and thrillers, the Harlequin Intrigue line covers a wide range of mystery-suspense novels.

Harlequin Intrigue is…

24 for pacing—fast and dangerous and exciting. Justified for the composition of the understated yet intense hero we like to see in an Intrigue. Unknown for the kind of complex mystery/thriller plot that can lend itself to a solid crime story and romance.

Did You Know?

  • Debra Webb brings her bestselling Faces of Evil series to Harlequin Intrigue in 2016
  • Podcasts from the Harlequin Intrigue editorial staff are available
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Intrigue books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Denise Zaza
Editor: Allison Lyons

Editorial Office: NY, NY

Harlequin Kimani Romance offers sexy, dramatic, sophisticated and entertaining love stories. It is the first and only series category romance line that features African American characters exclusively. Our memorable characters work through compelling emotional conflicts on their way to committed and satisfying relationships, loving unions that last a lifetime.



Harlequin Kimani Romance Key Elements:

  • Sexy, dramatic, sophisticated and captivating love stories
  • Memorable characters who work through emotional conflicts on their way to committed relationships
  • Hip, stylish, poignant, contemporary plotlines as well as classic ones
  • Relatable heroines that are strong and independent or vulnerable and searching
  • Wealthy, compelling , ambitious and driven heroes that are memorable
  • Level of sensuality ranging from moderately sensual to super sexy
  • The core focus should be on the developing romantic relationship between the heroine and hero
  • Stories primarily set in North America
  • Word count between 50,000 and 60,000 words

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion, please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Harlequin Kimani Romance is…

Jumping the Broom or Love Jones or Something New for entertaining stories, engaging characters, and a focus on building a positive and lasting romantic relationship despite challenges.

Did You Know?

  • Harlequin Kimani Romance is currently looking for new authors
  • Harlequin Kimani Romance acquired five new authors in 2013
  • There are 4 new Harlequin Kimani Romance books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Please send a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters for the initial review.

Editor: Shannon Criss

Editorial Assistant: Keyla Hernandez


Intense and uplifting romances set in the medical world. Experience the breath-taking rollercoaster of emotions, ambitions and desires of today's medical professionals.

Harlequin Medical Romance Key Elements

Contemporary romance novels set in the medical world.

  • Focus of the story must be on the development of the central romantic relationship against the backdrop of a contemporary medical setting.
  • Strong, gorgeous, medical professional heroes at the top of their game with hearts of gold, and heroines to match.
  • Heroes and heroines who work together in a medical setting – their working relationship, medical dramas etc. help to drive the romantic relationship.
  • Contemporary, international medical settings are, however, integral to the story, and the central relationship should rise out of them.
  • A range of sensuality from intensely passionate to warm and tender.
  • An emotionally intense read, ranging from the traditional to the ground breaking.
  • Innovative emotional conflicts and traditional emotional themes developed in a unique way are all welcome.
  • Word count of 50,000.

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Featured in Harlequin Medical Romance

A strong focus on the central romantic relationship. Relatable heroines and heroes in a medical setting – pulse-racing medical drama that throws them together is crucial. Dedicated top-notch docs, hot-shot surgeons, and equally matched, warm hearted, spirited, intelligent heroines, who reach all levels and areas of medical life. We find them everywhere – the ER, heart and transplant surgery, city hospitals, GP practices, paediatrics, Maternity, IVF clinics, jungle or outback settings, medical rescue. Doctors to the stars, royalty or presidents, etc. The characters, their romance, the settings and the drama must be appealing and accessible to a global readership.

Harlequin Medical Romance is…

House, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Hawthorn for their tone, medical settings and scenarios, complex characters with strong romantic themes, great dialogue and lives and hearts on the edge. However, the key difference is that the focus of each Medical Romance story is first and foremost a heart-racing romance. The novels offer a wealth of experiences: from the high-octane excitement of the ER to the warmth of family GP practice.

Did You Know?

  • …Carol Marinelli, Sarah Morgan, Sharon Kendrick, Melanie Milburne, Amy Andrews & Marion Lennox (amongst others!) all began in Harlequin Medical.

  • ...In Harlequin Medical we encourage a wide diversity of settings, nationalities and boundary-pushing themes.

  • …#MedicalBlitz, our 2016 fast-track submissions initiative, received over 100 entries from prospective authors around the world.
  • ...Our Medical Romance writers regularly win national awards, including the RoNA Rose Award 2016 for Annie O’Neil’s DOCTOR…TO DUCHESS?, the Australian Romantic Book of the Year (RUBY) Award 2015 for Marion Lennox’s 100th title WAVES OF TEMPTATION, the RWNZ Koru Romance Book of the Year Award 2015 for FLIRTING WITH THE SOCIALITE DOC by Melanie Milburne and the very first winner of the Koru Romance Book of the Year Award for Louisa George’s HOW TO RESIST A HEARTBREAKER in 2014.

  •  ...there are 6 new Harlequin Medical Romance books available each month in both print and ebook format from www.Harlequin.com.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Sheila Hodgson
Assistant Editor: Laura McCallen
Editorial Assistant: Tilda McDonald
Editorial Office: London, UK

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

Length: 90,000–100,000 words
Acquiring Editors: Nicole Brebner, Paula Eykelhof, Erika Imranyi, Emily Ohanjanians, Leslie Wainger
Assistant Editor: Michelle Meade, Leonore Waldrip
Editorial Offices: Toronto and New York

Harlequin MIRA is proud to provide a broad range of outstanding mainstream fiction for readers around the world. Our editorial features a variety of genres: commercial women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal fiction and thrillers. Harlequin MIRA publishes in mass market paperback, trade and hardcover formats.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be presented through an agent, with word lengths between 90,000 and 100,000 words. Submissions should include a letter from the agent, a synopsis of the book and the manuscript.

Agents may send submissions to:

Harlequin MIRA
225 Duncan Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M3B 3K9
416-445-5860

OR

Harlequin MIRA 
195 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY
10007
212-553-4200

 

Dark, sexy, atmospheric paranormal romances that feature larger-than-life characters struggling with life-and-death issues.

Harlequin Nocturne Key Elements

  • Fast-paced, action-oriented romances in which characters struggle with life-and-death issues in a paranormal world
  • Word count of 80,000 to 85,000
  • The word count allows for a wider breadth of story, subplots and heightened sensual and sexual tension
  • Themes include vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, Native American and Greek mythology and fairy kingdoms
  • Strong sexual/sensual overlay
  • The hero is a key figure—powerful, mysterious and totally attracted to the heroine.
  • Vivid conflicts, and stories that can be set throughout the real world and fictional worlds of the author's own creation
  • Characters do not live by predictable rules; instead they respond to the needs of the paranormal world that the author has created
  • There is a "mythology" created to explain the characters' existence, and their actions must not run contrary to this setup. The mythology must remain consistent and support the action of the book.
  • While these are contemporary paranormal romances, the author may go back into history, depending on the needs of the story

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Featured in Harlequin Nocturne

Powerful, mysterious Alpha male heroes facing life-and-death situations as they battle for the heroine's love. Harlequin Nocturne romances are highly sensual and driven by the romance and not the paranormal element. The hero should be a force to contend with, and the heroines are vulnerable but equally complex, strong and smart.

Harlequin Nocturne is…

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn or True Blood or Dark Shadows for their solid levels of story, complex characters and varying levels of paranormal world-building with strong romantic themes, high levels of sensuality and lives and hearts on the line.

Did You Know?

  • Harlequin Nocturne had two titles on the NYT bestseller list in 2011
  • Harlequin has a paranormal romance blog that can be found at http://paranormalromanceblog.com and includes tips on writing for this genre.
  • There are 2 new Harlequin Nocturne books available every month.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Editorial Assistant: Shannon Barr
Editorial Office: NY, NY


These stories are all about passion and escape—glamorous international settings, captivating women and the seductive, tempting men who want them.



Harlequin Presents Key Elements

  • A hero who will command and seduce. There's nothing in the world his powerful authority and money can't buy… except the love of a woman strong enough to tame him!
  • A Harlequin Presents heroine isn't afraid to stand up to the hero in her own way, whether she's at home in his opulent world or not. She can be shy and innocent, feisty and daring or anywhere in between.
  • These stories are pure romantic fantasy with glitzy, glamorous, international settings to upstage even the swankiest of red-carpet premieres!
  • High sensuality and sky-rocketing sexual tension to quicken your pulse
  • Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over 50,000 words.
  • Tone should be contemporary but with a strong intensity, delivering an instant hit of powerful emotion
  • Give classic themes a fresh 21st century twist - tease, surprise and delight.

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Featured in Presents

Harlequin Presents has classic themes, but we're looking for innovative takes. What would you say if a billionaire demanded you agree to a marriage of convenience? Does a secret baby have to mean a shot-gun wedding? He might have a legendary playboy reputation, but what if she's just as notorious? Our heroes are 100% alpha but that doesn't mean they're perfect. Sheikh, Greek, Russian, Italian, English, American…wherever he's from, it's certain that he turns the heads of every woman he passes! We love to see characters from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – it’s all part of the international flavour of our books! 

 Harlequin Presents is…
  • The home of the alpha male.
  • A whirlwind of intensely emotional highs and lows.
  • International settings from your every fantasy!

Did You Know?

  • www.iheartpresents.com is a dedicated site just for Harlequin Presents fans with news and blogs from authors, editors and readers.
  • There are 8 new Harlequin Presents books available each month.
  • It has been scientifically proven that romance readers have more sex!

Fun Facts about the Presents editorial team:

Joanne: the Presents team refer to Joanne Grant as the ‘Mother of Billionaires’.

Carly: Carly’s been known to ‘cheat’ on Presents heroes with cowboys from other series…

Grace: Grace has true Daenerys Targaryen hair. It’s a serious devotion.

Pippa: Pippa is still on the lookout for her own true Presents hero. They’re just a little hard to find.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Executive Editor: Joanne Grant
Editor: Carly Byrne
Associate Editor: Pippa Roscoe
Editorial Assistant: Grace Thiele
Editorial Office: London, UK

 

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

ALL ABOUT HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Harlequin Romance stories are all about real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men experiencing the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love!

Harlequin Romance Key Elements

  • A Romance novel is all about the heroine, she is key in this series! Our heroines need to be real and relatable, and her story should make the reader wish they were in the heroine’s shoes!
  • We need a hero we can immediately trust, who is worthy of the heroine. Not all our heroes are super rich international tycoons (although some might be!) but they’re successful in their own right and should be a strong man our heroine would aspire to be with. 
  • Gorgeous and glamourous settings are encouraged and international settings also work well to add the aspirational element to our romances.
  • We welcome heroes and heroines from all backgrounds and nationalities.
  • Low sensuality: these stories are high on emotional and sensual tension but have no explicit sexual detail.
  • Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over 50,000 words.
  • Delivers a fresh take on classic romance themes.
  • This is the home of feel-good, entertaining and fresh paced romance.
  • Just because these romances are sweet, it doesn’t mean they can’t be edge-of-the-seat exciting! Throw your reader straight into the story!
For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion visit 
How to Write the Perfect Romance  at Harlequin.com.

Harlequin Romance is…

One Fine Day for its warmth and tear jerking properties. The Notebook for its emotional depth, The Vow for its emotional conflicts, Dear John for its focus on the central relationship, Life as We Know It, The Proposal and The Back-Up Plan for their storylines.

Featured in Harlequin Romance

Falling for the Boss, Weddings, Boss, Office Romance, Couples Reunited, Royalty, Rags-to-Riches, Friends to Lovers, Secret Babies/Pregnancy, Aristocracy, Mediterranean Heroes, Seasonal (e.g. Christmas). Harlequin Romance no longer features Western or Cowboy themes.

Did You Know?

•Harlequin Romance was the very first Harlequin series
•Harlequin Romance has published two new authors in 2016 - Katrina Cudmore and Bella Bucannon!
•There are four new Harlequin Romance books available each month.

Senior Editor: Bryony Green 
Editor: Flo Nicoll

Editorial Office: London, UK

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

These novels are romance-focused stories with a suspense element. Powerful romances are at the heart of each story, and the additional elements of excitement, adventure and suspense play out between complex characters.



Harlequin Romantic Suspense Key Elements

  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense novels are fueled by the romance and not the suspense.
  • Big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings.
  • Word count range of 70,000-75,000 means a wider breadth of story and potential for subplots that speak to the conflicts.
  • Strong, compelling romance drives the stories but is matched by dramatic and layered plots.
  • Classic themes include revenge, women in jeopardy, espionage, family, Westerns, military and law enforcement.
  • Vivid conflicts, and stories can be set throughout the world.
  • A range of sensuality from high to low, as well as romantic and sexual tension.
  • Emotional payoff fits with the larger-than-life stories.
  • No paranormal elements.

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion, please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Featured in Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Relatable heroines in extraordinary circumstances—swept into the arms of powerful heroes. Harlequin Romantic Suspense concentrates on the developing love story not the suspense. The hero should be a force to contend with, and the heroines are equally complex, strong and smart.

Harlequin Romantic Suspense is…

Criminal Minds or Bones or The Good Wife for their solid levels of story, three-dimensional characters and varying levels of suspense with strong romantic themes, witty dialogue and lives and hearts on the line.

Did You Know?

  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense published three new authors in 2011.
  • There are 4 new Harlequin Romantic Suspense books available each month.
  • Follow the Harlequin Romantic Suspense editors on Twitter --  @PatienceBloom, @EmilyKrupin and @CarlyASilver

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Senior Editor: Patience Bloom

Assistant Editor: Carly Silver

Editorial Assistant: Megan Broderick

Editorial Office: NY, NY

Harlequin Special Edition features relatable characters who strike a chord with the reader regardless of the book's setting or plot points.



These are compelling, contemporary romance novels—with happy endings!

Harlequin Special Edition Key Elements:

  • Focus on the romance! However, secondary characters and subplots are welcome if they further the romantic relationship in a meaningful way.
  • Hero and heroine must both be proactive, dynamic, and good at heart—even if they are resistant to love at first!
  • Wide variety of themes welcome: families, babies, brides, cowboys, Westerns, reunion romances, and more!
  • Fresh twists on classic plot elements
  • Range of sensuality, from subtle to sizzling
  • Emotional depth of both story and character is paramount
  • Strong internal and external conflicts
  • Word count of 55,000-60,000

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on How to Write the Perfect Romance

Harlequin Special Edition is…

Think movies such as DAN IN REAL LIFE, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, and LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, and TV shows such as HART OF DIXIE, PARENTHOOD, MODERN FAMILY, and UP ALL NIGHT—stories that feature intriguing and complex characters with meaningful, relatable conflicts, engaging dialogue, and (very important) happy endings!

Did You Know?

  • Harlequin Special Edition is home to a number of bestselling miniseries, including BRAVO FAMILY TIES, THE COWBOYS OF COLD CREEK, MEN OF MERCY MEDICAL, THE FORTUNES OF TEXAS, and MONTANA MAVERICKS!
  • New York Times bestselling authors such as Diana Palmer, Susan Mallery, and Linda Lael Miller have written for Harlequin Special Edition, and some still do!
  • Harlequin Special Edition is always looking for the stars of tomorrow and will publish three new authors in 2012!
  • You can follow us on Twitter @Susan_Litman.
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Special Edition books available each month.

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Senior Editor: Gail Chasan
Editor: Susan Litman
Editorial Assistant: Carly Silver
Editorial Office: NY, NY

Harlequin Superromance stories are big romance novels filled with intense relationships, real life drama and the kinds of unexpected events that change women's lives forever!

Superromance Key Elements

  • A strong central romance that's big in scope and believable in execution. There can be a secondary romance and subplots.
  • High emotional stakes. The characters' goals mean something to them, might force them to make difficult choices and might be in conflict with the romance.
  • Characters and situations should feel familiar to readers. Even if the situations seem larger than life, the characters' reactions are believable.
  • The hero and heroine should work for their happily ever after so give them obstacles and complications that need to be resolved. Remember: resolve issues by moving them to the next logical step, but don't wrap everything up in a neat bow!
  • A sense of community. Paint a larger picture of the characters' lives by showing their relationships with family and friends, social lives and work. We welcome characters and themes with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and challenges
  • Tone can vary from the lighthearted to the deeply emotional, from family sagas to light suspense. The common thread is the complexity of plot and depth of character as well as the unique, contemporary treatment of the themes.
  • Look at big cities as well as small towns. Even consider settings outside of North America.
  • Word length: 80,000 words. Harlequin's longest contemporary series with a big book feel.

Featured in Harlequin Superromance

Relatable, true-to-life characters in high-stakes emotional situations—ones with genuine obstacles that require them to reexamine what they truly want from life. Harlequin Superromance books focus on the romance between the hero and heroine while also exploring the community and relationships around them.

Harlequin Superromance is…

Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Mindy Project, About a Boy (the TV show), Enough Said, The Good Wife, Love Actually, The Proposal, Serendipity, When Harry Met Sally, The Big Easy, The Vow, and No Reservations for their complex characters, layered plots, strong romance and high emotional stakes.

Did you know?

  • You can follow @VictoriaCurran2, @KReidAssocEd and @piyacampana on Twitter
  • Superromance authors blog regularly at Superauthors.com
  • There are four new Harlequin Superromance books available each month
  • In 2014 Superromance published six brand-new authors

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Recommended:

Sweet Talking Man by Liz Talley

The Comeback of Roy Walker by Stephanie Doyle

To Love a Cop by Janice Kay Johnson

The Rancher's Dream by Kathleen O'Brien

About That Night by Beth Andrews


Senior Editor: Victoria Curran @VictoriaCurran2
Associate Editor: Megan Long @SuperEditorMeg
Associate Editor: Karen Reid @KReidAssocEd
Assistant Editor: Piya Campana @piyacampana

Administrative Assistant: Deirdre McCluskey @Deirdre33
Editorial Office: Toronto, Canada

Length: 50,000–100,000 words
Executive Editor: Natashya Wilson
Editor: TS Ferguson
Editorial Office: New York

Harlequin Teen is…
Fresh, authentic teen fiction featuring extraordinary characters and extraordinary stories set in contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, science-fiction and historical worlds.

We're looking for commercial, high-concept stories that capture the teen experience and will speak to readers with power and authenticity. All subgenres are welcome, so long as the book delivers a relevant reading experience that will resonate long after the book's covers are closed. We expect that many of our stories will include a compelling romantic element.

Harlequin Teen is a single-title program dedicated to building authors and publishing unique, memorable young-adult fiction. Stories with the unforgettable romance, characters and atmosphere of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, the witty humor of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries novels, the edgy emotion of Jay Asher's Th1rteen R3asons Why, the thrilling danger of Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games, the futuristic world-building of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, and the power of Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief are examples of the range and depth of projects that we're seeking.

Submission guidelines:
We are currently accepting agented submissions only. Agents, please submit a partial or complete manuscript with full synopsis.

Natashya Wilson, Executive Editor
Harlequin Teen
195 Broadway, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10007


If you love small towns and cowboys, you'll love Harlequin Western Romance. We publish contemporary stories of everyday women finding love, becoming part of a family or community, or maybe starting a family of her own—all within an American western setting.

Western Romance Key Elements

  • Central romance is driven by the hero's or heroine's (or both) desire to be a part of a family or community
  • Stories are set in western locales, including ranches and small towns, or in places that showcase a western sensibility
  • Hero and/or heroine must have a western profession (cowboy, rancher, rodeo rider) or live in a western setting (i.e., Texas Ranger, sheriff of a small Colorado town)
  • All stories must feature strong family elements such as pregnancy, young children, blended families, etc. We love stories about babies—particularly multiples!
  • Warmhearted stories offer a range of tones, from light humor to drama
  • Stories are contemporary – no historicals, please!
  • Level of sensuality is low to moderate
  • Word count of 55,000 means stories must be fast-paced and plot-driven


Featured in Western Romance

Relatable characters searching for love and the security of family in a western locale. Heroes are rugged and strong; heroines intelligent and complex.

Western Romance is…

The city vs. country storyline and bull rider hero of The Longest Ride. The TV show Heartland for its extended family drama and ranch setting. 

Did You Know?

  • You can follow @KScheibling, @Jo_Raisanen, @AdrienneApple and @LauraBarth2011 on Twitter
  • The cowboy is the quintessential American hero! The fourth Saturday of July is the National Day of the American Cowboy
  • There are 4 new Harlequin Western Romance books available each month.

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Senior Editor: Kathleen Scheibling
Editor: Johanna Raisanen
Editor: Adrienne Macintosh
Associate Editor: Laura Barth
Assistant Editor: Dana Grimaldi
Administrative Assistant: Deirdre McCluskey
Office: Toronto, Canada

Contemporary inspirational romances that feature Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in today's world.


Love Inspired Key Elements

Contemporary inspirational romance novel

  • Strong contemporary romances with a Christian worldview and wholesome values.
  • Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire.
  • Each story should focus on an emotional and satisfying romance, with a sustained conflict.
  • Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language.
  • Family and community are strong features of this line
  • Stories can be set in small town USA or close knit communities in urban settings.
  • Hero and heroine should meet early in book, preferably by end of chapter one.
  • No drugs or alcohol consumption, gambling, or profanity by Christian characters.
  • No graphic violence or pre-marital sex within the course of the story.
  • Word count of 55,000 to 60,000 words

Featured in Love Inspired

Relatable heroines in everyday life finding love in the arms of a strong, honorable man. Love Inspired heroes should be strong and smart, with a core of tenderness, and the heroines should be their equals.


Love Inspired is…

Touched by an Angel or Seventh Heaven or Gilmore Girls or Hallmark movies, for their solid stories and characters, sense of family and community, with tender romance and a level of faith at its core.


Did You Know?

  • So far, in 2014, Love Inspired editors have bought 3 new authors!
  • Western settings and cowboy/rancher heroes continue to be very popular with our readers.
  • Amish romances are still very appealing to Love Inspired readers. We are seeking new authors and stories set in Amish communities across the US.
  • There are 6 new Love Inspired books available each month.

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Senior Editor: Melissa Endlich
Associate Editor: Shana Asaro
Assistant Editor: Giselle Regus
Editorial Office: NY, NY

Powerful, engaging stories of romance, adventure and faith set in times past, with rich historical details and complex stories.


Love Inspired Historical Key Elements


Inspirational historical romance novel

  • Compelling, uplifting stories with a Christian worldview and wholesome values
  • Set in historical time periods from the biblical ages to World War II
  • Richly textured stories that illustrate the time period, bring the world to life
  • Each story should focus on an emotional, satisfying romance
  • Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire
  • Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language
  • Family and community are strong features of this line
  • Hero and heroine should meet early in book, preferably by end of chapter one
  • No drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, profanity or pre-marital sex by Christian characters within the course of the story. No graphic violence.
  • Stories should contain both hero and heroine Point of View. No secondary character Points of View, please.
  • Word count of 70,000 to 75,000 words

  For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on: Frequently Asked Editorial Questions.


Featured in Love Inspired Historical

Wholesome, heartwarming historical romances between relatable, spirited women and strong, honorable men. The conflict between the hero and heroine should be an emotional one, arising naturally from the story.


Love Inspired Historical is…

Christy or Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman or Little House on the Prairie or Hallmark movies based on Janette Oke's "Loves Comes Softly" series, for their solid stories and characters, sense of family and community, with tender romance and a level of faith at its core. 


Did You Know?

  • Love Inspired Historical bought 3 new authors in 2013.
  • Western settings and cowboy/rancher heroes remain ever-popular with our readers
  • There are 4 new Love Inspired Historical books available each month.

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Executive Editor: Tina James
Editor: Emily Rodmell
Associate Editor: Elizabeth Mazer
Assistant Editor: Dina Davis
Editorial Office: NY, NY

Edge-of-the-seat, contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and romance featuring Christian characters facing challenges to their faith…and to their lives.


Love Inspired Suspense Key Elements


Contemporary inspirational romantic suspense novel

  • Riveting romantic suspense stories with a Christian worldview and wholesome values
  • Stories focused equally on gripping suspense and strong compelling romance
  • Heroes and heroines who work together to solve the mystery or overcome the shared danger
  • Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire
  • Stories can be set in small town North America or close knit communities in urban settings
  • Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language
  • Hero and heroine should meet early in book, preferably by end of chapter one. And the suspense element should be introduced in chapter one
  • No drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, profanity or pre-marital sex by Christian characters within the course of the story. No graphic violence
  • Stories should contain both hero and heroine Point of View only. No secondary character POV
  • Word count of 55,000 to 60,000 words

For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on: Frequently Asked Editorial Questions.


Featured in Love Inspired Suspense

Heroic, courageous, relatable characters faced with dangerous situations who'll triumph and find love. The hero is a man bound by loyalty and love. He is a fierce protector. The heroine is no damsel in distress. She is an equal partner.


Love Inspired Suspense is…

Castle or Bones for their solid suspense stories and their romantic tension between the characters.
 

Did You Know?

  • Love Inspired Suspense bought 7 brand-new authors in 2013.
  • Popular themes in LIS include protector heroes, women in jeopardy, military, law enforcement, cowboys, small town secrets, and Amish.
  • There are 6 new Love Inspired Suspense books available each month.

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Executive Editor: Tina James
Editor: Emily Rodmell
Associate Editor: Elizabeth Mazer
Assistant Editor: Dina Davis
Editorial Office: NY, NY