How to Enter
You must have a Wattpad account to enter.
All stories must be in English.
The Writing Contest is open only to legal residents of the U.K., U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (collectively, the "Territory") who have reached the age of majority in their country/state/province/territory of residence or older at the time of entry.
Upload your manuscript to Wattpad and tag your submission with the hashtag #SYTYCW15 and with the category you're submitting to (e.g. #Desire, #LoveInspiredSuspense, #CarinaPress).
You can upload your manuscript any time between July 2, 2015 and September 21, 2015. Your submission must include a 100-word pitch. Your pitch must be uploaded as "part one," your first chapter as "part two" and so on. Your completed manuscript must be uploaded to Wattpad by 4:59 p.m. EDT on September 21st in order to be eligible for the contest.
On September 22nd, our judges will begin reviewing your pitch ("part one") and your first chapter ("part two"). Your first chapter may not be more than 5,000 words. We suggest it not be shorter than 3,000 words.
Your manuscript must be targeted to one of our eligible categories and must meet the submission requirements of the category, including word length. For a full list of eligible categories, please see our Official Rules and Regulations and for our category guidelines please see our Category page on Wattpad .
You can only enter one manuscript, so you must select just one category. If you submit more than one manuscript we will judge the first manuscript posted on Wattpad only.
There will be four rounds to the contest in order to select our winner. .
In round one, judges will read each first chapter and pitch only and select the top 50 for the next phase of the competition.
In round two, readers can vote on the top 50 on Wattpad by indicating their vote on the 1st part of the story (where the synopsis is posted). Only those votes made between October 8, 2015 at 5:01 PM EDT and October 14, 2015 at 4:59 PM EDT will be counted. The 25 with the highest percentages of votes will move on to the next round. If selected as a top 25 entry, entrants must email their final manuscript by October 19, 2015 to the judges at Harlequin.
In round three, our judges will read the full manuscripts of the Top 25, and select the Top 10 for the final phase of the contest.
In round four, the Top 10 manuscripts will be posted at soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com and readers will decide the winner! Reader voting closes on November 17, 2015 and the judges will tally the votes and announce the winner on or around November19, 2015!
Here's a handy timeline:
July 2, 2015–September 21, 2015—Write and post your Harlequin romance story on Wattpad.
September 22, 2105–October 6, 2015—Judges read FIRST CHAPTER and pitch (Part I and Part II on Wattpad) ONLY to determine the top 50 submissions, but full manuscript must be posted by September 21 to be eligible.
October 8, 2015–October 14, 2015 – Go to http://www.wattpad.com/user/HarlequinSYTYCW and vote for your favourite top 50 submission. The top 25 out of these votes will move on!
October 15 - November 9, 2015—There are several steps combined here (read the Rules and Regulations for more details) but the judges review the top 25 manuscripts in their entirety, and the top ten finalists move forward.
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