Harlequin UK Submission Guidelines
Opportunity for storytelling diverse romance!
Harlequin UK (Mills & Boon) in partnership with the Inclusive Romance Project has developed a special submission call exclusively for IRP members for the category romances below. Please see the Editor's Wish List of tropes and characters below and click on the submission button to see the specific instructions associated with that category. Be sure to read carefully and if you have any questions, please email us.
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Important Submission Notes:
Deadline: September 1, 2022 11:59:00 PM CT
Please add the hashtag #InclusiveRomanceProject to your submission cover letter for tracking purposes.
Provide a brief synopsis (1-page max) of your manuscript with your first chapter submission. This will give editors an idea of where your story (and HEA) is going.
We are looking forward to your submissions and good luck to all our members!
Q: Do I have to submit a whole manuscript for this pitch?
A: No. This pitch only requires submission of the 1st chapter and a brief synopsis for all categories below. Harlequin UK (M&B) will review and provide feedback on your first chapter. If they like what they see, they'll request more as and when it's available from the author. No rush!
Q: Do I have to be an author from the UK or have my story set in the UK to participate?
A: No on both counts. Diversity matters.
Q: Which POV is preferred for these categories?
A: Though 3rd person is typical, there's no rule here. Choose the POV that works for you and your story.
Q: What does "M&B" stand for?
A: So M&B actually stands for Mills & Boon which is what Harlequin is called in the UK (and Australia and many other countries!).
Q: Is this a one-time IRP/M&B pitch event or will there be more in the future?
A: At this time we're focusing on the success of this event, but both Kharma & M&B are open to future pitch events like this!