Monday, July 26, 2010

Annoucing the New Voices Competition

To help celebrate its cover makeover, Mills & Boon is running a competition to find a brand new authorial voice from its readership to join their glaxay of romance stars. If you are unpublished in full length book form and unagented, then this competition is for you! If you are published in full length book form or have an agent, there are other avenues and opportunities.
The really exciting part of this competition is that the public will be asked to take part.
The hub for the competition is and you can find all the rules there.
Various authors and editors will be giving masterclasses at libraries through out the UK.

Author / Editor Library Date Contact
Michelle Styles Knaresborough 1st Sep, 7pm 0845 300 5112
Heidi Rice Brent 6th Aug,6.30 – 8.30 020 8937 3400
Kate Walker Doncaster TBC 01302 736000
Liz Fielding Carmarthan 9th August 01267 224824
Caroline Anderson
& Kate Hardy Diss & Attleborough 18th August 01953 452 319 (Attleborough) 01379 642 609 (Diss)
Chantelle Shaw Dover 7th September 01304 374 726
Meg Lewis& Megan Bassett - Editors
Havering 26th August,6 – 7.45 01708 342071
Editors: Lucy Gilmour
Flo Nicoll
Anna Boatman East Sheen 7th September 020 8876 8800
Fiona Harper Bromley TBC 0208 461 7185
India Grey Nantwich 9th September 01270 624867

Still other authors and editors will be doing blogs on the website. So there will be lots of support.

The timetable is:
There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:
Stage One
Starting 6 Spetmeber 2010 upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel! It can be from any of the lines that are edited out of London (ie Modern, Modern Heat, Romance, Medical or Historical) Make sure it is there by 22 September. Only one entry per person. The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too.
Stage Two
The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel. The expert panel will include Presents Superstar Penny Jordan, M&B Editoral Director Karin Stoecker, M&B Managing Editor Mandy Ferguson and Sam Delaney (the editor of Heat Magazine). The top ten winners of this round will be announced on 26 September and the winner will upload their second chapter by 10 October.
Stage Three
We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round! Thewinners will be announced by 18 October.
Stage Four
The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel and upload it by 25 October. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.
The winner will be annouced on 1 November!
The overall winner will get their book published as well as working with an editor. All ten authors who go on to the final rounds will get wonderful prizes, including consultations with editors and M&B books.
See the Terms and Conditions for the exact rules!


  1. Because people were asking, I asked TPTB about pivotal moments.

    Here is their answer:
    "Hi Michelle! There'll be more guidance when we get to the final 10, but 'pivotal moment' can mean anything, as long as it's a key moment in the hero and heroine's journey towards each other. So perhaps the first kiss, or a moment of connection, or even a moment of doubt and indecision about each other. This bit of the competition is designed to show that an aspiring moment can give that wonderful depth of emotion that we need from our M&B writers!"