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Choc Lit is now available to taste in Australia

28 May 2012

This month, British independent publisher Choc Lit  released titles in Australia. It’s been a good month for Choc Lit, as they also won the two prizes awarded at the UK Romantic Novelist’s Association Summer Party this month. Choc Lit picked up both The Romantic Novel of the Year 2012, won by Jane Lovering, and the Joan Hessayon award for promising new writers, won by Evonne Wareham (who is also an ARRA member). Choc Lit publishes contemporary, historical, paranormal and comic novels with romance at their heart and plots that clearly explore a male, as well as a female point of view.

Choc Lit have built a name for themselves by supporting new and developing authors. Taking on the debut novels of many promising new talents was richly rewarded last week by the UK’s Romantic Novelist’s Association. And the good news is they are looking for the hottest talent amongst Australian romance authors and will offer a contract to the winner of their Search for an Australian Star competition. But that’s not all, as they are also looking for people who enjoy reading romance to join their Tasting Panel, a group of independent readers who help Choc Lit decide what to publish. Here is a little information about both schemes.

Have you got what it takes to create a Choc Lit hero? Could you be their first Australian author?

Choc Lit are looking to add some Aussie heat and glamour to their tasty selection of fiction and they’d like to find the next Australian star author. Do you dream of being published internationally? Do you write romance with irresistible heroes? Then this could be for you. You will find full information about this scheme at

All submissions must meet Choc Lit’s submission criteria and be received before 31 August 2012. The winner will be announced December 2012.

Could you be a star selector and join Choc Lit’s Tasting Panel?

Would you like to play a role in choosing which novels Choc Lit decide to publish? Do you enjoy reading romance novels? Then you could be perfect for the Choc Lit Tasting Panel.

All Choc Lit novels are read and assessed by independent readers like yourself. Choc Lit only publish novels the Tasting Panel would like to see published.

As a Tasting Panel reader you’ll review romance manuscripts. Choc Lit will send you an electronic copy (either a kindle, PDF or epub). You simply assess the manuscript as a reader, complete a rating form giving detailed information on whether you enjoyed or disliked the novel. The number of manuscripts read is up to you, but they do expect at least one a month (when the to-be-read pile allows).

To find out more and apply email today to

One of the first jobs that new Australian members of the Tasting Panel will need to carry out is reading submissions from the competition outlined above, and advising on the all-important question of who will be Choc Lit’s first star author from down under. If you’d like to play a part in this, and also have a say as to what fiction Choc Lit publish worldwide, please get in touch with them!

  1. 20 November 2012 12:39 am

    Hi, I’m an Aussie and I’d love to know if there is any news on the Search for an Aussie Star? Is Choclit releasing the names of the finalists, or do we have to wait till the overall winner is announced in December?

    • arrawebmaster permalink*
      20 November 2012 10:03 am

      Hi – these are great questions – I have asked Choc Lit to let us know!

      • 20 November 2012 10:09 am

        Ok, thanks. I just hope we don’t have to wait till December for the answer! Lol!

    • arrawebmaster permalink*
      20 November 2012 10:43 pm

      We’ve heard back from Choc Lit – they will be sending us a short list to post at the end of next week, so stay tuned

  2. aimskye permalink
    17 June 2012 5:04 pm

    Good luck to anyone who enters!


  3. 30 May 2012 1:24 am

    Hi, I am the newest member of the Chocliteers! How exciting to have a competition to find a writer from Australia. Good luck to all who enter and I look forward to reading the novel!

  4. Henriette Gyland permalink
    29 May 2012 10:53 pm

    I’m another Chocliteer, and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such a supportive community of authors, editors, etc. I look forward to reading a romantic novel by the Australian winner.

  5. 29 May 2012 10:43 pm

    Choc Lit is a fantastic publisher which really looks after its authors, as well as making sure readers get the books they love! I’m thrilled to be published by Choc Lit. I’m looking forward to reading a great romantic novel by a new Australian writer.

  6. 29 May 2012 9:33 pm

    This is an exciting move for Choc Lit, which is my publisher, too. I already have family in Australia, so I’m delighted to have another connection with the country. 🙂

    Good luck to everyone who takes part in the competition.

  7. 29 May 2012 8:27 pm

    Good luck to all who enter the competition! I write for Choc Lit too – and I don’t think there can be a better publisher. Looking forward to welcoming the winner into the family 🙂

  8. 28 May 2012 7:53 pm

    Gosh, it’s going to be exciting to see who brings us that Aussie heat and glamour! I’m looking forwards to it. Our taster panels do a good job too 😉 All best wishes from another ChocLiteer!

  9. 28 May 2012 6:17 pm

    I’m with Choc Lit, too. They’re so lovely! (And the books are great, obviously …)

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