Writing Opportunities at Harlequin

Harlequin is always on the lookout for new talent. Over 160 new authors have joined Harlequin in the past five years, including many debut authors.  

We’re interested in submissions for all romance lines and Carina Press from a diverse group of authors whose voices reflect the broad readership of romance novels, including own voices and authors in underrepresented communities. Whether you’re an established author or just starting your career, we want to read your love stories! 

You can submit to us any time at Harlequin.Submittable.com. And you can submit even if you don’t have an agent.  

Read the writing guidelines for Harlequin’s romance lines and Carina Press. And check out our editor wish lists on the blog.

Check out our Submissions Calls page for current open calls.

Harlequin Presents 

Presents is all about passion and escape—glamorous international settings, captivating women and the seductive, tempting men who want them! Beyond the ever-popular escapist drama of royalty and baby stories, Presents editors are interested in a variety of uplifting love stories with a high entertainment factor, brimming with emotional depth and tension. 

Love Inspired  

Love Inspired books are contemporary inspirational romances with Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in today’s world. Amish characters and small-town settings remain very popular with Love Inspired readers.  

Love Inspired Suspense 

Love Inspired Suspense editors are looking for action-packed stories with suspenseful hooks where the hero and heroine feel constantly threatened and must work together to overcome danger. Popular hooks include Amish settings and small-town stories, mistaken or hidden identity, witness protection, undercover heroes and heroines, cowboy and rancher heroes, protector heroes, secret babies and protecting babies.  

Harlequin Intrigue 

These riveting stories are high-stakes thrillers and crime procedurals where determined characters work together to solve a crime. Intrigue editors are eager to see stories in urban settings, and series that let readers follow the same characters through a set of books.  

Harlequin Romantic Suspense 

Powerful romances are at the heart of each story, with page-turning suspense playing out between complex characters. In addition to wanting diverse authors and stories, HRS editors are looking for the next great suspense-filled romance, especially if it features strong Western, family, first responder, military, law enforcement, or serial killer themes. 

Harlequin Special Edition 

Harlequin Special Edition features contemporary, real-life characters and situations—men and women experiencing the twists and turns of life on the journey to true love. Our editors want to see 60,000 word romances with emotional depth and complex characters that focus on the hero’s and heroine’s journey towards a meaningful relationship. 

Harlequin Romance 

In Harlequin Romance, real, relatable characters experience the sheer rush of falling in love. While the series continues to offer stories with a low sensuality to readers, editors are currently looking for stories that offer a higher level of sensuality and sensual tension than previously. Stories which are not sexually explicit but explore the sensual chemistry between the couple matched with high emotional connection.  They can include scenes that go beyond the bedroom door to explore the emotional fulfillment that comes with intimacy.  

Harlequin Medical Romance 

Medical Romance stories are intense, uplifting and relatable contemporary romances set in the medical world. Editors would love to see uniquely told stories in a wide range of medical settings—ground-breaking medical work, for example, and international exotic and cosmopolitan settings such as Sydney, New York, LA, Hawaii, London, Paris, Rome Caribbean, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Iceland and beyond. 

Harlequin Desire 

These are intense, contemporary romances filled with passion, luxury and scandal in the lives of American elites. Desire editors are excited to read high-concept set-ups that raise eyebrows—think strangers accidentally renting the same hotel room, a one-night stand with an enemy in a blackout, or sleeping with the wrong twin and having his baby!  

Harlequin Heartwarming 

These are community-oriented stories set in North American small towns and neighborhoods that bring two people together in a sweet and wholesome contemporary romance. We are looking for stories that focus on heroines and heroes surrounded by friends and family who support their uplifting love story. Currently, we are particularly interested in stories with western settings, professions and themes.  

Harlequin Historical Romance 

Our editors for Historical Romance are keen to read stories set in the Victorian time period, as well as Medievals, Highlander and Viking stories, high sensuality Regency romances, and stories set in any historical era by authors in underrepresented communities.  

Carina Press 

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in ebook, with releases in audio and print as well. We publish a broad range of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, historical, LGBTQIA, romantic suspense and more. Carina Press does not publish inspirational or faith-based romance or young adult content. Our editors will consider submissions between 25,000 and 125,000 words for publication.  

New in 2020: Carina Adores is our trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line. Carina Adores submissions must be trope-driven contemporary romances between 60,000 and 80,000 words.   

Read the submission guidelines for Carina Press and Carina Adores.

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