Our Organization

The 2017 TARA Contest is closed. Start preparing your 2018 entry now!

The TARA Contest is open to all published and unpublished romance writers.

Welcome to Tampa Area Romance Authors!

TARA is a Florida-based, nonprofit chapter of Romance Writers of America® (RWA). Our mission is to provide continuing educational and professional support for career-focused romance writers, as well as networking opportunities for people interested in learning about a career in romance fiction.

As a group of multi-genre writers, we help our members grow and enhance their writing careers, from their first manuscript to becoming New York Times bestsellers. Each year, we sponsor the internationally recognized TARA Contest for published and unpublished authors. Be a part of other fun, dedicated, professional writers in the Tampa Bay area–or wherever you are! JOIN TARA NOW and start enjoying:

  • Monthly meetings with informative speakers and/or workshops
  • Great Write-Your-Book retreats
  • Critique / Beta reading, Push to Pub, Book Challenge, Mentor, and Write Reward$ Programs
  • Members-only website access
  • Book and Media Libraries
  • Local area book signings
  • Crazy fun Holiday party
  • Fabulous new friends!
  • More Info about becoming a TARA member

Membership in Romance Writers of America is required before joining TARA. Visit www.rwanational.org to join the national organization. National dues for RWA new members are $120.00; renewal dues are $99.00 per year. TARA dues are $35.00 for new members and $30.00 per year for renewal.

Please keep your membership in RWA current. If you do not, TARA must drop your name from our membership. To be reinstated, you will need to reapply to both organizations. TARA has a database for our members. In an effort to encourage networking among our members, we publish a membership roster that includes the contact details gathered on our application form.

After you join or renew, be sure to speak up, speak out, volunteer, participate, and most of all, make yourself at home and feel welcome! We’re glad to have you.