Do you have what it takes to be Harlequin’s next top author? Then mark your calendar, because Harlequin’s popular conference and contest, So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW), returns this September from the 17th to the 21st. This week-long conference is free, available online and culminates in a contest where the winner walks away with the prize of a Harlequin publishing contract.
What Is It Exactly? SYTYCW is a free virtual romance-writing “boot camp” that is open to everyone who wants to write a novel that will get noticed. And for the first time this year, the conference and contest is available to writers all around the world. SYTYCW offers aspiring romance authors the chance to get tips from over 50 Harlequin editors from their offices in New York, Toronto and London. Have a burning question about a specific line you’ve been dying to pitch? Now’s the time to get answers! Using social media, editors will be available via live chats, Twitter and in community discussions. They will also be sharing their industry know-how through podcasts, videos, webinars and blogs. Plus all this work will help you get ready to submit your manuscript into the So You Think You Can Write contest!
How Can I Be A Part of SYTYCW? Check out the official website for the conference and publishing contest here. And don’t forget to follow the Twitter account and join in the conversation by using the hashtag, #sytycw2012.
But Will My Work Be Published? Impress the editors, and there is most definitely a chance that your work will be published. At the end of the SYTYCW, one lucky writer will be offered a contract. It happened for author Katrina Williams, and it can happen for you!
Check out the details of the contest, provided by Harlequin, below:
Participants will initially be asked to submit a first chapter accompanied by a maximum 100- word pitch. An online vote, open to the public, will narrow the field down to 25 contestants who, along with three “wildcard” entrants selected by Harlequin, will then be required to submit a finished manuscript. Harlequin and Mills & Boon editors will select three finalists whose manuscripts will be judged in an online vote, again open to the public, and a winner will be named and awarded a publishing contract to write a series romance novel for Harlequin/Mills & Boon.
What's The Final Deadline For The Publishing Contract Contest? Your completed manuscripts for submission are due by the deadline, October 13, 2012.
To all those who plan to participate, the staff at RT BOOK REVIEWS wish you the very best of luck! If you want to learn more about the Harlequin conference, contest and get special insider blog posts click here.