Mills & Boon and Harlequin have launched a global writing competition which offers a publishing contract as its prize.
The competition, So You Think You Can Write, is the first held jointly by Mills & Boon and its parent company, Harlequin, and will be supported by a free online conference between 17th and 21st September 2012, hosted at soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com. The conference will bring together more than 50 Harlequin and Mills & Boon editors through social media tools including podcasts, videos, Google Hangouts, blogs, live chats, community discussions and Twitter events, with prospective competition entrants able to interact with them.
The competition deadline is 26th October 2012, with participants initially required to submit a 100-word pitch and a first chapter. An online vote, open to the public, will narrow the field to 25 contestants who will then be asked to submit a finished manuscript. Harlequin and M&B editors will then select three finalists, with the final winner then chosen again via public vote. The winner will be awarded a publishing contract with Mills & Boon and Harlequin.