Great Love Inspired Author Search: What We’re Looking for in a Story

The Love Inspired editors are excited to invite you to participate in our writing opportunity: The Great Love Inspired Author Search! While the Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense lines each offer our readers a distinct promise, their objective is the same. We’re looking for compelling stories with engaging characters, a sustained conflict and an emotionally satisfying romance. More specifically:

  • The main plot for Love Inspired needs to center around the hero and heroine falling in love. In Love Inspired Suspense, the suspense plot should get equal play with the romance.
  • There should be one hero and one heroine; not two sets of love stories or love triangles.
  • Your hero and heroine should fall in love throughout your story; they should not already be in love or married, nor should they fall for each other too quickly. You want to build up to this moment.
  • We need to see the whole story from the hero and heroine’s perspectives; there should be no third person point of view.
  • Your hero and heroine should meet early, preferably by the end of chapter one, and should remain in each other’s presence throughout the vast majority of the book.
  • There needs to be internal conflict on both sides that is pushing the hero and heroine apart even as the circumstances of the plot push them together.
  • This conflict should not be resolved until the end of your story.
  • The end of your story should feature a happily-ever-after.
  • The book should feel immediate and in the moment for the characters; avoid prologues, flashbacks or focusing too much on character backstory.
  • The Christian faith element is integral to all storylines but should feel natural not preachy.

Read on to find out what we’re looking for in each line…

Love Inspired

Contemporary inspirational romantic stories centered around family and community.

  • Heartfelt stories with emotional plotlines and multi-layered characters.
  • Tried and true hooks: Westerns, Amish, ranchers/cowboys, babies or small children, juicy stories, secret babies/secret pasts, reunion romance.
  • Hooks we’d love to see more of: Stories with animals—especially dogs! Adoptions and older heroes/heroines (35+).

Love Inspired Suspense

Contemporary story with equal parts romance and suspense:

  • Action-packed stories where the hero and heroine feel constantly threatened and must work together to overcome the danger.
  • Tried and true hooks: Westerns, cowboys/rancher heroes, Amish, witness protection, kidnappings, amnesia, law enforcement hero or heroine, undercover hero or heroine, military, hero or heroine in jeopardy.
  • Hooks we’d love to see more of: Secret babies, protecting babies, mistaken or hidden identity, characters in CSI or forensics careers, stories with evocative outdoor settings (ex. stories set in Alaska, national parks, deserts, wilderness, mountains). Stories with multi-hooks.

We hope this helps bring some clarity and direction to your Love Inspired or Love Inspired Suspense story. Check out the information on the submission opportunity here. And don’t forget to review the writing guidelines for Love Inspired (here) and Love Inspired Suspense (here).

We can’t wait to see your submissions and dive into the world you’ve created!

2 replies on “Great Love Inspired Author Search: What We’re Looking for in a Story”

Would love to put this in our newletter for our writers group. Could you let me know who I’d need to talk to for permission? I can’t find the information on the website. Thanks.

Thanks for all the information. I’ve been working on my story for awhile, and I believe it would fit in the Love Inspired category with a hero/heroine above 35. I am learning so much from your guidelines, and will keep writing.

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