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 creative writing in Texas schools. Middle and high school Texas students are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Each year the Festival provides a unique theme. This year the theme is “Note to Self”. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12 and are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.
Winners 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.
How to Enter:
Entries closed July 1, 2016. Stay tuned for next year’s info!
Congratulations to the 2016 Fiction Contest Winners:
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place: “Letters to Natasha” by Lili Xu
2nd Place: “Light Fades” by Shelby Cumings
3rd Place: “Missing Forest” by Emma Rohloff
9th & 10th Grade
1st Place: “Mossy Green” by Payton Rackley
2nd Place: “Heed My Warning” by Anaïs Nuñez – Tovar
3rd Place: “Note to Self” by Caroline Cabe
11th & 12th Grade
2nd Place: “A Horrible Cliché” by Lani Ford
3rd Place: “How to be an American” by Sophia Radke