Sexy. Passionate. Bold.
Harlequin Dare stories push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the
focus on the developing romantic relationship. Come meet the sexiest men alive!
- The heat level is
explicit and graphic. The hero and heroine have a powerful sexual and emotional
- 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 are also open to grittier
heroes and anti-heroes.
- Heroines are
empowered, fun and fearless women who don’t necessarily need a man
in their lives—having a man is her choice…and her pleasure! Bold heroines are a key hook for this series and their independence is as important as the character traits of the alpha heroes.
- 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
- The setting can either
be metropolitan (Paris, London, New York, L.A., Sydney, Rome) or exotic (the Amalfi Coast,
Hawaii, the Caribbean). The setting alone doesn’t make the story sexy but it
- We are open to 3rd
person or 1st person point of view. There should be a balance of POV
between the hero and heroine.
- A word count of 50,000
means stories must be fast-paced and plot-driven.
We are open to many different story types, though we are not
currently considering law enforcement (police, FBI, etc.), western-themed, military, sports, small-town romances,
paranormal or historicals.
These are sexy contemporary romances and we're not accepting erotica or erotic romance. We are not interested in BDSM (light bondage is acceptable), ménage, age play, bestiality,
incest or rape. Each manuscript will be evaluated on how the subject matter is
Submissions are being accepted in all three
of our editorial offices. For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Scheibling, Executive Editor, Toronto
Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, New York
Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, UK