Publishing giant Mills & Boon, high-street bookseller WHSmith, online eBook retailer Kobo along with the self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life have partnered up to offer the Romance Writing Life competition.

The winning novelist will be awarded the grand prize of a publishing contract with  Mills & Boon, including both print and digital release. The book will be jointly promoted by Kobo, Mills & Boon and WHSmith.

Second and third prize winners will be awarded the brand new Kobo Glo HD.

Authors will submit a synopsis and first chapter of their romance novel, up to a maximum of 5,500 words, which will be reviewed by a judging panel.


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 The winning title might be an unpublished gem just completed by the author a week before submission, a self-published novel that’s already been enjoying some success digitally or just the first chapter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 & BoonWHSmithKobo 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The submitted title should be an original, unpublished or self-published, fictional Romance novel, to which the author owns all the rights.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 Romance Writing Life, click here.

To enter the competition, click here.