The 2017 Book Challenge

Posted Jan 1 2017, 11:52 am

The 2017 Book Challenge is now open for TARA members!

Do you want the chance to win money for finishing your book(s) this year? TARA members may 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.

computerYou must write a minimum of 40,000 new words on each manuscript after payment for the Book Challenge is received. Anthologies are eligible if the combined words in the series total a minimum of 40,000 words.

The Book Challenge collects ten dollars (S10.00) entry fee per book. The entry money collected is given away in a drawing at TARA’s Holiday Party. First place winner receives 50%! If funds allow, second place receives 20%, and third place receives 10%. 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 Yahoo Loop. Join the fun of friendly competition and enter the TARA Book Challenge. Please contact the Book Challenge Coordinator, Renee Nelson, or a board member if you have any questions.

TO ENTER, please log in and click the “Enter the 2017 Book Challenge” in the Members-Only Menu.



3 responses to “The 2017 Book Challenge”

  1. Foy Ruthe says:

    I signed up for 1 book challenge. I have a little over 1,000 words, but I’m now at a standstill due to computer problems.

    I have been maintaining a spreadsheet of “words”, but I cannot access it at the current time. Hope this will be fixed soon.

    I have not received the familiar email asking for word count. Can you check and make sure I’m on the list? Thanks

  2. Foy, Ruthe says:

    Does this mean that the MS has to be completed by the end of June?? Counting the words from when you sign up for the challenge??

    • Connie Taxdal says:

      Thanks, Ruthe for your question.

      The 2017 rules for the Book Challenge are the same as previous years. You count the words written from the day you pay for each book entered and have until the TARA Holiday Party to finish each book. The deadline to ENTER a book in the challenge is June 30, 2017. The deadline to COMPLETE a book is the holiday party.

      TARA members may enter up to five books between 1/01/17 and 6/30/17 by paying for each book entered. If you entered and paid for “Title # 1” on Jan. 16, you start counting the words written from that date until the cut off just before the 2017 TARA December Party. Then, on May 5, you paid for “Title #2.” Your word count on book 2 starts May 5 until the party. To qualify for the money drawn at the party, you must write a complete book (beginning, middle, and end) of at least 40,000 words.

      Hope this helps. Check the entry form for more information.


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