The Harlequin editors in Richmond are running a pitch contest for their Presents line (published in South Africa as Mills & Boon Modern). If you'd like to enter, you need to act quick as the pitch closes on Monday 27th February.
Aspiring writers can pitch their previously unsubmitted manuscripts to
the editors. They're looking for strong Alpha males,
exotic settings, and feisty heroines who challenge these heroes.
To enter, you need to write a blurb (the back cover copy) of about
80-100 words, and also provide an extract of 200-250 words. The blurb should be as catchy and enticing as possible, and the extract can be
from any part of the story, preferably a scene with intense emotion and
sensuality to showcase your writing.
Email your blurb and extract in the
body of an email to Harlequin Hosty Rae at firstname.lastname@example.org, including 'Pitch to Presents' in the subject of the email - and don't forget to include your full name.
No attachments please.
The editors will then choose 5 entrants who will have the
opportunity to pitch in an online chat with the editors on 15th March.
Winners will be announced a week before.
Entrants MUST be able to use the Harlequin chat room at the given chat time on 15th March, as another venue or option will not be offered, and if you are selected and don't pitch, you'll have cost someone else an opportunity.
Your manuscript does not have to be complete, and you can enter even
if you have another submission already in with the editors, however
this must be a new story that is not currently under consideration, and which has not been published elsewhere.
Further information is available here and here.
Good luck, and let us know if you're entering.