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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tara Contest for Unpublished Writers--Inspirational Category

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Spring is in the air. The bees are buzzing, plants are peeking through the soil, and trained TARA judges are waiting to pollinate constructive feedback to help your manuscript bloom.

In this struggling economy, make your contest bucks count. All editors are actively acquiring in the category they're judging in the TARA Contest. So give yourself a break and take a chance at sidestepping The Slush Pile! Check out our awesome lineup of editors.

***Categories/Final Judges***
Category Romance – Brenda Chin - Harlequin
Inspirational – Natalie Hanemann – Thomas Nelson

Women’s Fiction – Holly Blanck – St Martin’s Press
Romantic Suspense – Emilia Pisani – Pocket Books

Historical – Leah Hultenschmidt – Sourcebooks
Paranormal – Elizabeth Bistrow – New American Library

Single Title – Lauren Plude – Grand Central
Do you see an editor you’d like to get your manuscript in front of? If you do, now is the time to polish your baby and make it shine. Remember to end your entry on a hook, leaving your judges breathless with no more pages left to turn. TARA encourages finalists to implement changes prior to final editor judging. First place winners receive bling!!!
Fee: $25.00 (U.S. funds) per entry. Fees are non-refundable.
Deadline: Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST May 1st, 2011.
Contents: The first chapter, 4,000 words max (actual word count), including prologue if applicable. *Word count will be verified. No part of a second or any additional chapters will be judged.
Eligibility requirements: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished writers and to any author who has not been published in the past three years and is not currently contracted for any novel-length work of fiction (40,000 + words) in any format (eBook, mass market, etc.). Manuscripts that have previously won the TARA or First Impressions contest may not be re-entered. For additional information visit  (