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The 2017 Book Challenge

Posted Jan 1 2017

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. You must write a minimum […]




Posted Dec 20 2016

TARA CARES for its community! On December 19, 2016, TARA members donated one hundred sixty-three books to the Tampa General Hospital library. The books consisted of adult fiction and non-fiction, teens and young adults, and children’s coloring books and literature. At the TARA Holiday Party, the table overflowed with books brought to the party by […]


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The Art of Judging and Critiquing

Posted Apr 24 2016 in

Scarlett ran this article a year ago, but feels compelled to post it again. The examples are a little outdated, but nonetheless, pertinent to judging entries in TARA’s Contest or critiquing someone’s work. This article, Bleeecchh…Critiquing, by Kristan Higgins, first appeared in CONNECTIONS, April 2007 edition, Connecticut RWA.    The Art of Critiquing Party time! […]



15 Tips for Entering a Contest

Posted Mar 29 2016 in , , , , ,

  In honor of the TARA Silver Anniversary Contest, Scarlett put together 15 tips to consider when entering a writing contest.   Always adhere to the industry’s traditional standards. A contest is not the time to throw the rule book of correctness away. Write a great opening line and an absorbing first scene. Give your […]


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Mammy in “Gone With the Wind”

Posted Feb 26 2016 in , , , , , ,

Did you know Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award? Hattie won the award in 1940 for her portrayal of Mammy in “Gone With the Wind.” Excepts from The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On a February afternoon in 1940, Hattie McDaniel — then one of the biggest African-American movie stars in the […]


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