2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest

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The results are in! Last week, many of you voted for the 2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest theme through our website and social media.

We are excited to announce the 2016  Youth Fiction Writing Contest theme is Note to Self. So what are you waiting for? Enter today! Entries will be accepted until July 1, 2016.

Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, the Fiction Writing Contest encourages and rewards creative writing in Texas schools. Junior and high school Texas students are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. The submissions are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.

Each year the Festival provides a unique theme, this year that theme is Note to Self. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12.

Texas Book Festival 2015 SaturdayWinners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, winners are awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the TBF website, and are invited to participate on a panel during the Texas Book Festival weekend. The Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement provide accommodations for the first place winners and their family for one night. Finalists and semi-finalists in grades 9-12 also receive an invitation to a writing workshop at the Texas Book Festival hosted by  Austin Bat Cave.

To enter your submission click here. See the 2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest rules below.

Contest Rules

Entries that don’t follow all contest rules will be disqualified.

1) Students must reside in Texas and enter in one of the three divisions: Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, or Grades 11-12. Authors enter the division for which they were a student during the 2015-2016 academic year.

2) All entries must be an original piece of fiction. No fan fiction will be accepted.

3) All entries must be submitted online. There is no entry fee.

4) Entries must be 2,000 words or less, 12 point type, double-spaced and relating to the theme.

5) Entries must have a cover page that includes name, entry title, grade level and an automated word count.

6) Entries must be submitted between March 28, 2016 and July 1, 2016.

7) Students may only enter one submission.

Remember judges will look for excellence in use of dialogue, imagery, character development, setting, plot, conflict and resolution. Good luck!