Submission Calls

You’ve come to the right place to find out what Harlequin editors are looking for right now. Active calls for submissions are posted on this page and change regularly. If you don’t see anything here now, check back for updates.

We regularly run Twitter story pitch events and submission blitzes to find new voices in romantic fiction (did we mention we publish almost 800 books a year through Harlequin’s romance lines?). From time to time, we also acquire books for special collections and limited series sold through retail outlets.

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Upcoming Events:

We Want Westerns: Editor Q&A

The Harlequin Desire team is seeking steamy cowboy stories full of heart! Stay tuned for the We Want Westerns blitz, launching on January 22, 2021. Have a question for one of our editors? Be sure to attend the upcoming Facebook Q&A with the Harlequin Desire Editors on January 21, 2021 at 11 am ET! Join the Write for Harlequin Community in advance so you can participate, chat with our editors and get your questions answered!

Current Open Submissions:

Harlequin Welcomes More Submissions from Black Authors

Dates: Open-ended, no deadline

Series: All Harlequin romance lines

Instructions: Please include #RomanceIncludesYou with the title of your manuscript

The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories that celebrate love and happiness. Harlequin is committed to bringing readers a wide range of stories that reflect our diverse society.

We want to publish more diverse and inclusive voices and stories. We welcome all authors to the Harlequin community and we are reaching out to especially welcome and invite story submissions from Black writers for Harlequin’s romance lines.

There’s no time limit on this call for submissions. You can submit your manuscript for consideration whenever the time is right for you. It can be an #ownvoices story or another story you want to tell. Please include the #RomanceIncludesYou hashtag with your title and submit to the romance line best suited to your story. We will offer our editorial feedback within 60 days.

Information on Harlequin series romance, including writing guidelines and how to submit your story, can be found at Writing guidelines and submission information for Carina Press, our digital-first imprint, are found here. You do not have to be represented by an agent to submit.

We look forward to reading your love stories!

Past Submission Calls

Are you writing a romance novel during NaNoWriMo?

Harlequin is looking for more romance stories by own voices and authors in underrepresented groups that are set during seasonal celebrations and holidays that are important to you – your cultural and religious holidays, seasonal celebrations, family traditions, new year’s festivities around the world, and more.

We are interested in submissions for all Harlequin romance lines and Carina Press. Male/female and LGBTQ+ storylines are welcome. Read the writing guidelines for our Harlequin romance lines at and read our guidelines for Carina Press at Submit your story by January 1, 2021.

Please submit to the line that is best suited to your story and include #HolidayRomanceIncludesYou with the title of your story.

We want to read your love stories!