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Harlequin DARE Guidelines


Erotically charged. Sexually explicit. Irresistibly passionate.
Harlequin Dare stories push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship. Come meet the sexiest men alive!


Key Elements:
• The heat level is explicit and graphic. The hero and heroine have a powerful sexual and emotional connection.
• We’re looking for authors who have a distinct, memorable voice and write stories with a high level of sexual tension as well as graphic sex.
• We want to read the ultimate alpha hero of all of your sexual fantasies! While billionaires, CEOs and other successful, affluent men are welcome, we also are open to a grittier heroes and anti-heroes.
• Heroines are empowered, independent, fun and fearless women who don’t necessarily need a man in their lives—having a man is her choice…and her pleasure!
• Stories must be contemporary. Readers should be swept away by sexual fantasy, even as the characters deal with real world obstacles and challenges in the face of their love.
• Setting can either be urban (Paris, London, New York, L.A., Sydney, Rome) or exotic (Amalfi Coast, Hawaii, Caribbean). The setting alone doesn’t make the story sexy but it certainly helps!
• We are open to 3rd person or 1st person point of view. There should be a balance of POV between the H&H.
• Word count of 50,000 means stories must be fast-paced and plot-driven.

We are open to many different story types, though we are not currently considering western-themed, military, sports, small-town romances, paranormal or historicals. We are not interested in age play, bestiality, incest or rape. Each manuscript will be evaluated on how the subject matter is handled.

Submissions are being accepted in all three of our editorial offices. For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor, Toronto
Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, New York
Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, UK