Saturday, November 03, 2007

Harlequin Presents Writing Competition

My Australian friend and Presents author Annie West sent this to me.....are you an unpublished author, well here's your chance!

by Tessa Shapcott, Executive Editor


Have you always dreamed of writing for Presents?

The INSTANT SEDUCTION writing competition for original first chapters
is coming!

The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions –
and when it comes to a book, that certainly holds true. If the first
chapter doesn't immediately grip the reader, then they just won't
bother to go on any further.

Regular readers of Presents will know that the hallmarks of all our
stories are pace, passion and intensity – and that they expect to see
them stamped on our novels from the very first page.

So, do you harbor a burning ambition to become a writer for Harlequin
Presents? Do you think that you can grab readers' attention and
instantly seduce them with your characters, dialogue, emotional
conflict and sizzling sensual tension from the moment they begin
turning the pages?

Then we want to hear from you!

The INSTANT SEDUCTION Writing Competition

* The WINNER receives an editor for a year!

*TWO RUNNERS-UP will be given critiques of their first chapter
entries and an editorial telephone consultation!

*Pre-competition writer tutorials on writing for Presents for all
available on the site from November 1st! Look out for advice on:
• Living with and loving the Alpha Male
• Developing a Global Writing Voice
• Generating Emotional Conflict
• How to Write a Synopsis
• How to be a professional writer

When can you enter? Competition runs from 1st January to 14th
February 2008. Look out for the competition guidelines – coming very

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