Harlequin Books Submissions

If you have a strong commercial work of fiction, memoir or non-fiction Australian stories for adults, we would love to hear from you.

We have two exciting imprints that are acquiring now.

HQ: One place. Many stories.

HQ is the new home of diverse and compelling Australian fiction, designed to appeal to a readership of smart, curious women.

Our fiction list focuses on electrifying suspense, gripping family sagas, compelling historical stories and clever contemporary women’s fiction.

HQ’s tailored nonfiction list focuses on stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things, women’s self-actualisation stories and selected wellness titles with a focus on women’s self-empowerment.

MIRA: Entertain, enrich, inspire

Our stellar romance imprint goes from strength to strength, publishing the nation’s best-loved brand names as well as exciting debuts.

Focusing on fiction, MIRA seeks Australian stories with strong romantic elements to entertain and enrich women’s lives. From contemporary to historical, community-based romances to nail-biting romantic suspense, MIRA has a story for every romance fan.

Please submit only if you have a complete manuscript that is at least 80,000 words. Incomplete manuscripts will not be considered.

Email to: Submissions



In the body of your email, tell us about yourself:

  • Identify which imprint you're submitting to
  • 100 words about you
  • Where in cyberspace we can find you (links are good)
  • What you've done, including any previously published or self-published works
  • Whether you're part of any writers groups
  • Whether you have any media contacts/a blogger profile

Attach your manuscript:

  • Must be complete and at least 80,000 words
  • 12 pt Times New Roman or 11 pt Calibri font
  • Normal or wide margins (not narrow)
  • Double-spaced

Attach a pitch and synopsis:


  • 300 words or less
  • Specify the genre, word count and intended audience of your manuscript
  • Give us a comparison title: what other published books does your manuscript resemble?
  • How will we reach your readers? Do you have a social media presence? Do you know other authors or influencers who will talk about your book? Do you have a journalism or writing background? Let us know.
  • Attach it as a Word/PDF document to your email as a separate document to your manuscript


  • 500 words or less
  • Focus on main character trajectories, central plot and important themes
  • Attach it as a Word document, separate to your manuscript


All manuscripts will be read and reviewed but please give us at least three months to do so: we have a lot of submissions! We will respond to all manuscripts with an email.