@HarlequinSYTYCW: 5 Facts Every Writer should know.

Posted September 5th, 2015 by in Blog, Features, ionR / 3 comments


5 Facts Every Writer should know about So You Think You Write

By Malle Vallik, Editorial Director
So You Think You Can Write is looking for great new voices in romantic fiction. The editors at Harlequin run a free, interactive online conference from Sept 14-18 with over 40 sessions for every level of writer. We conclude with a show stopper: a writing contest with the awesome Grand Prize of a two-book contract with Harlequin!

Here are 5 facts every writer should know:

  • SYTYCW has found several romance stars like Jennifer Hayward (16 books contracted) and Kat Cantrell (20 books contracted)!
  • The 75 Harlequin editors who read and review the stories have over 700 years of combined editorial experience!
  • Our partnership with Wattpad is bringing in a new younger audience to read and vote!
  • Even if you don’t win, you are not a loser. Our editors work with writers if they read a voice that appeals to them. In fact our Medical team acquired a writer from 2014’s competition last month. We have acquired more than 30 writers (we call them alumni) through SYTYCW.
  • Community. All of alumni talk about what a great community the SYTYCW team is. How they have made lifelong friends and received fantastic writing advice. Hear their own words from our SYTYCW event at the RWA national conference.


Visit sytycw.com on September 14th for the conference and enter the writing competition!
To give you a sense of the online conference, I am highlighting a few of the more than 40 sessions featuring editors and writers:

  • Keeping Pace: Plot your romance with excitement and tension
  • Born to be Bad: Horrible bosses, evil exes and other romance villains
  • Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue
  • Build a Better Plot: Chapters and scenes

As well, we will be offering the ever popular Writing Challenges on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Send in your assignment and you may be chosen to receive feedback from a Harlequin editor.
SYTYCW makes me so excited because there is so much going on throughout the conference and the writing competition. But the part that we love the most is the opportunity to read books and find amazing new talent. If you are at all interested in writing a romance novel do check it out!

Malle Vallik, Editorial Director




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