Romance Includes You

Harlequin is interested in publishing more romance stories by authors in underrepresented communities so that readers see themselves reflected in the authors and stories we publish.

We’re always looking for new talent and we welcome all authors to submit their romance stories anytime via Harlequin.Submittable.com. You don’t need an agent to submit your work.

As part of our outreach to authors who are underrepresented in publishing, we invite you to use the #RomanceIncludesYou hashtag to help editors easily see your story for review. Underrepresented voices include, but are not limited to, authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), members of LGBTQ+ communities, marginalized ethnic and religious cultures, and people with disabilities and neurodiversity.

Here are two options to use #RomanceIncludesYou to showcase your story with editors:

  1. Go to Harlequin.Submittable.com to submit your story and include the hashtag #RomanceIncludesYou with your manuscript title; or
  2. Pitch your story to our editors during our semi-annual #RomanceIncludesYou pitch events. Instructions on how to participate are below.

UPCOMING PITCH DATES

Twitter pitches are a great way to catch an editor’s eye and get them excited about your book. When editors like or reply to your pitch, you get immediate feedback on the types of stories they’re looking for. If you submit requested work by the deadline, you’ll get editorial feedback to develop your story, and if they see high potential for their imprint, a request for a completed manuscript.

Harlequin editors for series romance lines will be monitoring social media on these dates for story pitches from authors in underrepresented communities:

  • Fri., Nov. 5, 2021, 9 am to 7 pm EST. Please send requested submissions by Dec. 6, 2021.
  • Wed., Mar. 30, 2022, 9 am to 7 pm EST. Please send requested submissions by Apr. 29, 2022.

How to pitch

  • Craft your romance pitch into one tweet.
  • Post it on your Twitter feed with the hashtag #RomanceIncludesYou.
  • We suggest using subgenre hashtags as well (see below). 
  • Then watch for a reply/like from a Harlequin editor.
  • If an editor requests your work, they’ll indicate in the comments which romance line they acquire for (i.e., Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Presents, Love Inspired, etc.) and ask you to submit to that line via Harlequin.Submittable.com
  • Include #RomanceIncludesYou with your story title.
  • Make sure to submit your story by the deadline noted above. If you miss it, you can still polish your story and submit it anytime through our regular submission process.

Not on Twitter? You can post your pitch on Facebook on the dates above. Join the Write for Harlequin group on Facebook, click the event link here and select “going” to the Romance Includes You event. On Nov. 5 from 9 am to 7 pm EST, post your story pitch (500 characters max) to the event “Discussion”. Facebook pitches posted outside the event times will NOT be seen by editors so make sure you post during the event!


If your story is requested by an editor:

  • Please send a cover letter that includes your story pitch, a story synopsis and the first three chapters by the suggested due date.
  • Even if your manuscript is already complete, we’d appreciate seeing the first few chapters for initial review.
  • Read our FAQs for submission tips.


What you’ll receive:

  • If your submission is requested and sent by the due date, you’ll receive editorial feedback within 8 weeks of the deadline.
  • Editors do their best to provide helpful feedback. Expect a short paragraph outlining potential areas for developing your romance story. Feedback is meant as a guideline to use as you write, not as strict instructions. 


Tips and Rules:

  • Pitch “category” romance stories with potential for one of Harlequin’s romance lines. What is a category romance? Descriptions of Harlequin’s romance lines are here.
  • Pitch new material that has not been previously published (i.e., not published elsewhere or available for sale or free download on a retail site).
  • Please choose only one social platform, Twitter OR Facebook, to post your pitch. Every pitch will be read by at least one of our editors, so as long as you post it once, they’ll see it.
  • You can pitch more than one project.
  • We appreciate writers not re-pitching work that has been previously submitted to Harlequin and declined.
  • There’s no need to direct your tweet/post to a specific editor. Many editors will be monitoring the hashtag throughout the day.


We’re always accepting submissions!

If your pitch isn’t selected by an editor, remember this is not your only opportunity. Keep writing and know that you can send your manuscript anytime through our regular submissions process. You don’t need an agent and you can submit directly via Harlequin.Submittable.com to your preferred romance line.


Subgenre Hashtags 

#CR = Contemporary Romance 

#HR = Historical Romance 

#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural Romance

#INSP, #LI or #LIS = Inspirational Romance, Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense

#RS or #suspense = Romantic Suspense