Romance Writing Life was created in the hopes of discovering talented new writers of Romance. The winning title might be an unpublished gem just completed by the author a week before submission, a self-published novel that’s already been enjoying some success digitally or just the first chapter of an new masterpiece. The author who wins the grand prize might be a savvy mid-list author with several self-published books under her belt who’s looking to break into print, or a creative writing student eager to share her writing with the world for the first time. The competition is open to everyone who loves to write romantic stories.


Mills & Boon, WHSmith, Kobo and Kobo Writing Life are all committed to promoting quality authors and books. This collaboration between a brick-and-mortar retailer, a historic book publisher, and a digital bookseller is unprecedented and provides the winning authors with an incredible promotional reach. We’re thrilled to be working together to bring new and talented authors to the forefront, and we can’t wait to begin the judging process.

Some useful dates and details:

Competition launch date – April 14, 2015

Entry deadline – July 31, 2015

Announcement of winners – August 28, 2015

Release date of winning title – Early 2016


To be eligible for this competition, the author must reside in the UK, Canada, or the United States.

Every author must have an active Kobo Writing Life account to enter the competition. You can register for an account here.

The submitted title should be an original, unpublished or self-published, fictional Romance novel, to which the author owns all the rights. We are accepting any and all Romance genres, including but not limited to Historical Romance, New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

Authors are required to submit a synopsis of no longer than 500 words, and the first chapter of the manuscript of no longer than 5,000 words. Though only the first chapter is required, the winner must be prepared to submit a full manuscript of 70,000 words or more to Mills & Boon on or about September 30, 2015.


To find out more about the rules of this competition, click here.

To find out more about the submission process, click here.

To enter the competition, click here.

14 thoughts on “Intro

  1. please why are u limiting the authors to be residents of UK, Canada and USA? After reading ur encouraging words or to submit or not, I sighed in relief only to find out I’m not eligible simply because where I live.

    1. Dear Author,
      Such an exclusion is due to some peculiar aspects of several territorial legislations that impede us from including those territories from being included the Terms and Conditions of this competition.

      In all honesty I disagree with such limitations since I believe that any English-speaking writer should have the right to enter the competition irrespective of the country of origin. However, this is just my viewpoint and the law is a horse of a very different colour.

      With Regards,


  2. Is there someone I can submit a manuscript to at Mills & Boon for consideration? I would love to enter this competition, but unfortunately I reside in South Africa. I have a chapter and a synopsis written, and it has always been my dream to publish a romance novel. Please could someone assist?

    1. Hi Melanie,
      I cannot unfortunately help you with this. This website is devoted to the competition and I am not entitled to give you the contact of any M&B editor.

      However, if you already have both synopsis and first chapter ready, you can try your luck entering the competition anyway. Even if you are not eligible for that we are going to screen all the manuscripts. If your submission is particularly interesting it is not excluded they contact you outside the competition. To be honest,that’s unlikely to happen. However, if you already have everything ready it is worth giving a go.

      Life can surprise you in a myriad of different ways.

      With regards,


  3. Hello,

    I notice there are two different competition deadlines stated. On this Web page, it’s defined as July 14th whereas the terms and conditions link defines it as July 31st. Which is correct?

    Thanks for your time.


    1. Hi Faye,
      The competition deadline is on July 31st. This to give authors more time submit the manuscript and elevate the accuracy of the entries.

      Good luck,


    1. Hi,
      That’s an intersting question.

      The 70,000 word-limit does not mean the published book will feature the same word-count. The winning manuscript will be professionally edited by M&B. Some pieces will be cut others will be added, other again will be rewritten.

      As you can see there is a wide array of options at disposal. In other words, this word-limit gives the publisher enough fabric for tailoring the winning book.

      That said, the submission must feature only the first chapter of your novel (5,000 max). Therefore, I suggest focusing on that. What will happen later on, in terms of editing, belongs to a different phase that is all but carved in stone.

      Best luck,


  4. I submitted my entry before the 14th July deadline but I think I’ve forgotten to put the word count on my submission. It was exactly 5000 words. Is that okay to let you know here? Thanks

    1. Hi Amanda,
      That’s not a problem. As long as the actual word count is correct you’ll be fine.

      Good luck,


    1. Hi Elisabeth,
      That’s the requirement. The entries will be reviewed on digital format and the font size can be easily magnified.

      If you stick to the guidelines you’ll be fine.

      Good Luck,


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