TARA Programs

Annual TARA Contest

The 2020 TARA Contest is coming soon!

Prepare your 2020 TARA Contest entry now!

The TARA contest accepts manuscripts not yet published in any format from unpublished and published authors. The author does not have to be a member of Romance Writers of America. The categories offered for entries are Series Contemporary, Inspirational, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Single Title, Women’s Fiction, and Paranormal. CLICK HERE for full details.

The TARA Contest is one of few which offer invaluable feedback from not one, but two trained judges who comment in the body of the manuscript and complete a detailed score sheet. Our final round judges are actively acquiring editors who receive the top three scores in each category.

Push to Pub Program

This fantastic program encourages members to become published authors. Our program offers weekly chat nights where members discuss their writing. Here’s what one member says about the program.

“As a TARA Push to Pub member, our once-a-week chat nights are a great boost to me. I find I’m not the only one who has plot holes, fears that my characters aren’t strong or likable enough, sagging middles, writers’ block, etc. Together, we learn helpful ways to alleviate these problems. The collective input, suggestions (as wild as some are!), and tips really help. We have lots of ‘laughing out loud’ moments. The camaraderie of our Push to Pub group is something I hold very dear.”

JOIN TARA now and become involved in the Push to Pub program to further your writing career!

Book Challenge Program

TARA members may enter the Book Challenge for a chance to win money for finishing your book(s) within a year! Members submit up to five (5) finished (they don’t have to polished!) manuscripts of Romantic Fiction in our Book Challenge between January 1st and June 30th of each year.

computerThe Book Challenge collects ten dollars (S10.00) entry fee per book. After payment is received, you must write a minimum of 40,000 NEW words on each manuscript. Anthologies are eligible if the combined words in the series total a minimum of 40,000 words.

The collected entry money is given away in a drawing at TARA’s Holiday Party. First place winner receives 50%! Participants must submit their completed manuscript file(s) at the end of the challenge for verification of word count to be eligible for the drawing.

Book Challenge participants encourage one another with weekly progress reports on TARA’s Book Challenge Loop. Become a TARA member and join the fun of friendly competition by entering the TARA Book Challenge.

Write Reward$ Program

TARA Jan, 2015 meeting, 1TARA rewards our members who achieve their writing goals with drawings for a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) Barnes and Nobles gift card at our monthly meetings. There are many ways to earn Write Reward$ tickets for the drawings. Join TARA now, fill out the simple Write Reward$ Success Sheet, and then enjoy the excitement of hearing your ticket number called during a meeting.

The Write Reward$ Success Sheet can be submitted electronically and the form is located in the Forms, Files & Documents of the Members Dashboard.

Critique, Beta, and Mentor Program

JOIN TARA and receive the benefits of our Critique, Beta, and Mentor Programs!

Does your mom love everything you write? Are your sex scenes so bland even Aunt Tilda yawns while reading them? Do you need some constructive feedback on your manuscript? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’ll want to sign up for TARA’s Critique Program! Our coordinator matches two or more compatible writers, and then it’s up to you and your partner(s) to decide if you want to physically meet for critique sessions, or electronically send documents to one another.

Our Beta program is a chance for you to have a partial or full manuscript beta read, or you can become a beta reader for others.

Do you want to help aspiring writers achieve success? Then sign up to be a TARA Mentor. Our program coordinator will match you with one or more beginner writer(s) to guide along the path toward publication.

Signup forms for the Critique, Beta, and Mentor programs are in the Forms, Files & Documents directory of the Members-Only Dashboard.