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The Great Love Inspired Author Search is back!

The Love Inspired editors are thrilled to announce that we're bringing back The Great Love Inspired Author Search. Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense are on the hunt for some fabulous new authors, and we want you! If you think you’ve got the chops to wow us with your inspirational contemporary romance or romantic suspense ideas, we encourage you to pitch it to us!

For this pitch opportunity, the Love Inspired editors are once again on the lookout for fresh talent. We invite you to show us that you’re the total package in these two stages:    

1. Idea and Voice—Hook us with your great idea and intriguing voice by submitting a query letter (including a short blub about your story), 1-3 page synopsis and your first chapter targeted to either Love Inspired or Love Inspired Suspense. Authors who wow us will move on to Round 2.

2. Full Package—Convince us you’re the real deal by submitting your full manuscript (word count of 55,000). The sky’s the limit for these authors. A contract could be within your reach if you bring it all together into a manuscript that we think our readers will love.

Here’s our timeline:


By March 15: Submit the synopsis and first chapter of your inspirational romance or romantic suspense manuscript through this page.

By April 30: The editors will review the entries and provide a response, letting you know whether you’ll move on to the next round and be invited to submit your full manuscript through a link to the Round 2 Submittable page. You'll only be able to access this page if you have been selected to move to the second round.


By August 1: All full manuscripts must be in house.

By October 17: Editors will review the submissions, and decisions will be made to contract, send a revision letter or reject each of the stories. All authors who submit full manuscripts will receive notification of our decision within this time frame.

Helpful Tips:

  • Please do not submit manuscripts that have already been rejected or are currently under consideration with any Harlequin line.
  • This submission call is for authors who have never been published with Harlequin and don’t already have full manuscripts under review by a Harlequin editor.
  • As we ask for the first chapter only, your manuscript does NOT have to be complete when you submit to us in the first round. If we request a full manuscript, however, it should be submitted by August 1 in order to receive feedback within the outlined deadline.
  • Check out the hashtag #LoveInspiredAuthorSearch on Twitter, as well as following @TinaCJames, @MelissaEndlich, @EmilyRodmell, @ShanaAsaro, @DinaJDavis and @liiindseyy. We’ll be sharing tips, insider know-how, our wishlists and more throughout The Great Love Inspired Author Search.

Sound exciting? If you think you could rock this pitch, get ready to show us your stuff. Be sure to follow the guidelines for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense. Only one submission per author, please. Deadlines are tight, so keep writing while you’re waiting to hear back. And if your book is complete now, don’t forget to tell us in your cover letter. You never know. We might want to pounce on your book right away. Ready, set, GO!   

Best wishes,  

The Love Inspired editors

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