Romantic stories are popular in India — be it in films or in books. Keeping that in mind, romantic book series, Mills & Boon, has been running a talent hunt for budding authors since the past two years and has now published Milan Vohra’s The Love Asana, and more recently, Aastha Atray’s His Monsoon Bride. The publishing house is inviting authors for the Passion 3 contest.
“We’re convinced with the potential of the writing talent in India and are committed to promoting aspiring writers. The Passions – Aspiring Author audition will give Indian writers a chance to fulfil their dream of being a published author. “We have always received a fantastic response and believe that this year also will result in increasing the Indian author base for Mills & Boon,” says Manish Singh, country manager, Harlequin India Pvt. Ltd.
The second Indian Mills & Boon book, His Monsoon Bride, written by Passions II-winning author Aastha Atray, also features Indian models, Saumya and Rohit Raghav, who were selected through an online competition held earlier this year. Adds Manish “More than 700 entries poured in for Passions II, which has given fillip to the unveiling of the contest’s third season.”
Writer who are interested in the talent hunt, need to submit their original story of about 1500 to 2000 words till January 31 on the company’s website. Manish informs, “An international jury comprising of Mills & Boon editors will shortlist the top five entries, which would be further put up for public votes for selecting the winner by February 2012. The winners will get editorial mentorship for a year and a chance to author a Mills & Boon novel.”