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.

  • This series does not feature paranormal or timeslip elements.
  • Regency, Highlanders, Vikings, Medieval are most popular amongst our readers globally. However there’s also room for variety – we're happy to publish stories from ancient Greece to the Wild West and all the way through to World War II.

  • Western USA set novels are very popular in North America so we publish one a month. At the moment we are well inventoried but may have space for exceptional Western editorial.

  • We welcome heroes and heroines from all backgrounds and nationalities.
  • 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 Viking female warrior!

Harlequin Historical is…

The strength of Russell Crowe's Gladiator, the gritty drama of Vikings, 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 and 2 in 2016.
  • Some of our most recent acquisitions include sexy rakes who run a Regency Gentlemen’s club, a story about a merchant – from Venice! And a story about a Regency spy! What will you write?
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Historical books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Executive Editor: Bryony Green
Associate Editor: Nicola Caws
Editorial Assistant: Sara Jafari
Editorial Office: London, UK

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


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.

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