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We want romance.

Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair, through December 15 submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group. Full details on prizes and eligibility below.

Judges You Can Love

Marissa Sangiacomo
Macmillan Publishers
Marissa Sangiacomo is the Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press where she specializes in all SMP and SMP Griffin Romance titles, including the brand new digital imprint, Swerve. Before joining St. Martins, Marissa worked as a publicist with Grand Central Publishing and Forever Romance. A self-described lifelong cat lady and enthusiast of all things spud-related, find her on twitter at @riss4x or look for her trademark wit at @SMPRomance.
Lexi Smail
Hachette Book Group
Lexi Smail is an Assistant Editor at Hachette Book Group, working with Grand Central Publishing, Forever and Forever Yours imprints. Lexi loves second chance romances, tortured heroes, and happily ever afters. She can be found on twitter at @lexi_smail.
Katherine Pelz
Penguin Random House
Katherine Pelz is Associate Editor of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery at Berkley/NAL, imprints of Penguin Random House.During the rare moments when she’s not reading for business or pleasure, she’s in Brooklyn binge watching TV shows and hanging out with her cats. Find her on twitter at @katherinenpelz



The following are the prizes awarded to our top three writers. Everyone else will receive basic service; your submission viewed by multiple publishing professionals; and access to future contests and writer services. Winners will be announced on Valentines Day, February 14, 2017.


  • $200 cash prize

  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents

  • Query Consultation

  • First Chapter published on Romance Junkies


  • $100 cash prize
  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents
  • Query Consultation


  • $50 cash prize

  • Featured Submission to Partner Publishers and Agents

Contest Details

ELIGIBILITY:  This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience or a young adult/adult crossover audience. The submission must be a Romance novel, i.e. a narrative that is driven by a romantic relationship and has a satisfying ending. You must be the owner of the book rights. Your work cannot be previously published by a traditional publisher even if it is out of print. Works that are self-published are acceptable.

SUBMISSIONS: There is a limit of one entry per person and e-mail address throughout the Contest Period. FREE registration is open from September 26 thru December 15, 2016. All submissions must be original and be in English. All entrants must use the submission platform that follows the eligibility guidelines. No submissions will be accepted by mail or email. Writers will complete a series of forms and upload a minimum of  their first 30 pages. Complete manuscripts are welcomed. 

Terms: For a complete listing of  Contest Rules, click here.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: A Romance Novel, i.e. a narrative driven by a central love story with an optimistic, satisfying conclusion. Novels must be a minimum of 40,000 words (although submissions can be a 30-page sample of the full manuscript).

HOW TO SUBMIT: Through, as a PDF or Word document.

WHEN TO SUBMIT: By December 15, 2016. Winners to be announced February 14, 2017.