Book a Pitch Appointment

For attendees of the Festival of Literary Diversity, May 1 – 15, 2021

Harlequin is pleased to participate in the 2021 Festival of Literary Diversity. Editors for Harlequin Trade Publishing are actively looking for proposals by authors in underrepresented communities, including own voices stories. We’re interested in meeting a diverse and inclusive group of writers with compelling stories to share.
Editors for Harlequin’s fiction and nonfiction imprints typically accept agented submissions. As part of our outreach to increase diversity, inclusion and representation in our publishing programs, we are inviting authors who identify as underrepresented, and do not have an agent, to pitch their story to an editor.

Note: Harlequin is equally interested in diverse voices for its romance publishing program. If you write category romance novels and have a manuscript you want to submit for Harlequin’s romance lines, you can submit it anytime via No agent is required. Visit for more information.

Please see the information below on Harlequin Trade Publishing. This opportunity is open to authors who identify as underrepresented, including but not limited to, authors who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), members of LGBTQ+ communities, marginalized ethnic and religious cultures, and people with disabilities and neurodiversity.

Pitch sessions will be about 10 minutes long via telephone. Sessions will be set up at a time that is convenient for the writer and editor.

If you are already represented by an agent, we welcome your agent to contact editors listed in the Harlequin Trade Publishing brochures posted on our booth at The FOLD (Documents link).

What is Harlequin Trade Publishing?

Harlequin Trade Publishing is a group of imprints publishing a wide variety of genres and inclusive stories in general and literary fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction. It includes MIRA Books, HQN Books, Graydon House Books, Park Row Books, Hanover Square Press and Inkyard Press, a young adult and middle grade imprint.

These imprints publish stories across a variety of genres, including:

  • book club fiction
  • psychological suspense and crime thrillers
  • women’s fiction
  • historical fiction
  • mainstream literary novels
  • paranormal and fantasy
  • young adult fiction
  • narrative nonfiction

Booking an Appointment

To book a pitch appointment, please send an email to one of the contacts below with the following information:

  • Put “The FOLD” in your subject line
  • Your name
  • Your email address and telephone number
  • Title of your book
  • Your story’s genre and word count
  • A brief description of your book and characters
  • Are you available between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays to pitch your book? Yes/No, if no please indicate a time when you are available.

Please review the brochures about Harlequin’s trade imprints that are available in the Documents and Videos section of our booth at The FOLD to see where there may be publishing opportunities for your story.

MIRA Books publishes highly commercial fiction across all genres, including, but not limited to, women’s fiction, historical fiction, thrillers and suspense. To pitch your project to MIRA Books, contact Editorial Director, Nicole Brebner.


To pitch your story to another imprint, contact Margaret Marbury, VP Editorial for Harlequin Trade Publishing. Margaret oversees HTP imprints and would be pleased to hear about your project.