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Feel The Heat Writing Competition from Mills & Boon

I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but Harlequin is one of the few major publishers that still accept un-agented manuscripts (Dorchester and Tor are others). From time to time Harlequin holds writing contests and the winners receive the editing services of a Harlequin editor for a year. One thing that was shared with us bloggers at the Harlequin dinner is that these contests are really great for discovering new talent. Mills & Boon, the UK version of Harlequin, is trying out one of these contests. More details below:


The FEEL THE HEAT writing competition!

Do you have a fresh, vibrant, sassy voice and a passion for sexy alpha heroes? Can you write sparky dialogue, create great sensual tension and hot love-scenes?

If so, then we want to hear from you!


  • Email your first chapter and synopsis of a Modern Heat novel to: [email protected] by 15th September 2008.


  • The WINNER receives an editor for a year!
  • TWO RUNNERS-UP will be given critiques of their first chapter entries and an editorial telephone consultation!

The winner will be announced October 1st 2008.

The Modern Heat guidelines can be found at Writing Contest: Mills & Boon Modern Heat Writing Guidelines and editor Joanne Carr has asked some of her existing Modern Heat authors to blog throughout this period to share writing tips and their experiences.

If you look through the I Heart Presents archives (particularly for November and December 2007) you will find many useful tips and guidelines that are relevant for this competition.

And now for the serious part!


  • Your entry must be aimed at Modern Heat
  • Your entry must NOT have been submitted previously to Harlequin Mills & Boon
  • Only ONE entry per person
  • Submissions received after the closing date will NOT be assessed!

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Erastes
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 15:56:47

    #heterosexual themes only


  2. Christine Merrill
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 22:47:14

    Does that mean I might have a smaller share of Jo Carr? (Blowing kisses towards Richmond, Surrey.)

    Seriously, if you have any interest in series contemp, enter this contest. M & B is great. The editors are smart, and a dream to work with. A year’s share in any of them would be an excellent prize.

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