Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 30, 2019

Opportunity: Harlequin Feel Good Project Creator’s Fund


Harlequin, the world’s largest publisher of romantic fiction, has launched the Creator Fund as part of the Harlequin Feel Good Project. The Creator Fund continues Harlequin’s 70-year tradition of promoting female storytellers by offering funding to women creating feel-good content.

The Creator Fund is designed to attract and support up-and-coming and established female writers (in the US and Canada) of fiction, TV or movie scripts, who tell feel-good stories with a unique point of view. The first fund draws from a pool of USD$30,000, and will focus on submissions in a wide range of genres including, but not limited to, comedy, drama, suspense, adventure and historical. The stories must be character-driven and leave audiences feeling uplifted. The writers of the chosen submissions will receive funding and guidance for an opportunity to complete and package their story ideas for advancement.

“We are always looking for unique female voices, and the Creator Fund allows us to pull from a broader group of storytellers, some who might be working on their first pieces of writing, or for those established writers who might be interested in creating something different. We need uplifting stories and voices more than ever and the Creator Fund means we can nurture and develop these stories,” notes Merjane Schoueri, the Feel Good Project Director.

The current call for submissions will open on January 23, 2019, and close on March 15, 2019. Once the entry period has closed, we will announce a timeline for judging and announcements based on the number of entries received. We hope to have those announcements made by the end of April 2019.

Successful applicants will be contacted shortly after our decisions are made. We may, but will not be required to, contact unsuccessful applicants.

The Harlequin Feel Good Project launched last fall and is a four-part initiative including Feel Good Sciences, the Harlequin Creator Fund, the Feel Good Challenge and Feel Good Events, designed to explore the power of positive experiences that fans expect from their stories. For additional information about the Harlequin Feel Good Project, please visit FeelGood.Harlequin.com.

Who can submit?

We are looking for female creators who are residents of the United States of America and Canada (excluding Quebec) and are over the age of majority in their state or province/territory of residence. We also welcome cocreators or creative teams to apply. As an inclusive publisher, Harlequin welcomes female writers from all backgrounds, communities and cultures to submit.

We will not consider applications from corporations or corporate teams, or from any employees (or their family members) of Harlequin and its related companies. Current and former Harlequin authors are very welcome to apply.

We ask that you not submit more than one application to each category.

What is Harlequin looking for?

We are looking for material that highlights your unique voice while supporting Harlequin’s commitment to telling feel-good stories. Entries will be evaluated on:

  1. Characters – we want fully developed, believable and authentic characters.
  2. Story – we want a compelling story that engages the audience and leaves the audience hopeful and energized.
  3. Originality – we want a story that is unique and stands apart.
  4. Voice – we want a story told in an authentic voice that reflects you as a creator.
  5. Marketability – we want stories that the world wants to consume, that is relevant and engaging.
  6. Quality of the writing – including form, structure, pacing and fundamentals.

At the time of your application, we will ask you to select the category to which you are applying. Each category has slightly different application criteria:

  • TV: Treatment (maximum of 2,500 words) and a pitch letter setting out story concept and the general arc of an 8–12 episode season, including character descriptions and story locations.
  • Movie: Treatment (maximum of 2,500 words) and a pitch letter setting out story concept, key plot points, settings and characters.
  • Novel: Synopsis (maximum of 2,500 words) plus the first chapter of the novel. If your novel begins with a prologue, include it and chapter one (maximum of 7,500 words) and a pitch letter. Total word count is 10,000 maximum for synopsis and chapter one.

While we are not imposing a hard cap on the proposal length, we strongly suggest you aim for the guidelines above as a target. We want enough detail to fairly evaluate your proposal, but the proposal needs to be punchy enough to attract our attention and let us know the “hook” of your idea.

While we are not tied to any specific genre, this first Creator Fund is in support of the broader Harlequin Feel Good initiative. That means we are looking for uplifting, positive stories that empower our audience and should end on a positive (or at least hopeful) note. This means we are generally not interested in horror, blood, gore or shock-value writing, though this is not a hard rule if such story elements are in service of the feel-good arc.

How will Harlequin choose recipients?

Once the time period for entries has closed, all eligible entries will be sent to our judging panel for evaluation. Currently, the judging panel is made up of executives from Harlequin editorial and marketing, and movie and television consultants.

The panel will apply the guidelines above to each entry and look for promising and exciting proposals that support the Harlequin Feel Good Project.

More information

To find more information or to submit, visit the Harlequin Creator Fund submissions page.

Contact Information

The Harlequin Creator Fund is being offered by Harlequin Enterprises Limited, Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, Floor 41, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E3, Canada. Please direct any inquiries to: HarlequinCreatorFund@Harlequin.com.

About Harlequin
Harlequin (Harlequin.com) is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. The company publishes more than 110 titles a month, in both print and digital formats, in as many as 150+ international markets and 30+ languages. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, the publisher is home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin on Twitter: @HarlequinBooks.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I really think that in this global market place you should accept submissions from writers all over the world. I love to read stories from other parts of the world, and so might other readers. We do need an insight into other cultures.

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