Harlequin Heartwarming Wants Your Westerns!

Harlequin Heartwarming is currently seeking Western romance stories!

Executive Editor Kathleen Scheibling wants you to know exactly what the Heartwarming team is looking for in a Western story that fits this line. Read on for her manuscript wishlist!

I’m looking for:
  • Wholesome Western-themed romances that focus on small towns, family, and community.
  • These Western-themed stories must have hooks! For example, holidays (especially Christmas); main characters with Western professions (cowboy/cowgirl, ranchers, veterinarians, sheriff, etc.); families with babies and small children, etc.
  • Stories with a fresh take on a romance trope: marriage of convenience, friends to more-than-friends, blended families, matchmakers, opposites attract, etc.
Please note:
  • These are sweet romances with very low sensuality, so hugging and kissing only, and please no swearing.
I can’t resist:
  • A reunion romance, especially if it’s a brother’s best friend! (and he better be a cowboy 😊)
My recommended reads for Harlequin Heartwarming:

Have you got a Western romance story for Harlequin Heartwarming?

Visit our Submittable page to read our writing guidelines and submit your proposal. We love to see your stories!

2 replies on “Harlequin Heartwarming Wants Your Westerns!”

I am writing my second historical Western romance set in Sacramento in 1850 during the goldrush and covering also the wine region of Napa Valley. 70,000 words.
Titled: The Countess of California. Nearing completion at the editing stage.

I would love to write for Harlequin Heartwarming, a contemporary romance.
My next project is based on the travel industry covering Northern California from an English standpoint and main English viewpoint, would this story line be of interest to you.

Hi Sheila,
It’s hard to tell from a two-line pitch whether or not the story would be suitable for Heartwarming. We’re specifically looking for stories with the hooks indicated in the post above (western settings and characters, focusing on ranches, small towns, cowboys, etc.) You can also check our guidelines at Submittable.com, and we always recommend authors read recent books from the line they’re targeting to get a sense of what we’re currently acquiring. If your book meets our guidelines, please consider submitting! Thanks for your interest!

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