Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, and with generous support from AT&T, the Fresh Ink Fiction 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 was “Funny Running Into You Here.” 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. Winners also receive a membership to the Writers’ League of Texas.
How to Enter:
The new contest opens in January 2018.
In order to enter, students must reside in Texas and enter in one of the three divisions: Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, or Grades 11-12. All entries must be an original piece of fiction. No fan fiction or works containing any plagiarism will be accepted. Entries must be 2,000 words or less, 12 point type, double-spaced, and related to the 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest theme, which will be announced in January of 2018. Judges will look for excellence in use of dialogue, imagery, character development, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Each student may only enter one submission and there is no entry fee.
If you have any questions, email Lea Bogner.
Congratulations to the 2017 Fiction Contest Winners:
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place: “Katherine, or Catharsis: Nine Portraits” by Yasmeen Khan
2nd Place: “Dipper” by Priyanka Gupta
3rd Place: “The Raven and the Dove” by Shirley Zhu
9th & 10th Grade
1st Place: “The Permanent Record Caper” by Diya Chatterjee
2nd Place: “The Woman at the Top of the Bridge” by Veronica J. Ledezma
3rd Place: “Pearly Gates” by Madeline Szoo
11th & 12th Grade
1st Place: “Little Drops” by Brittany MacKeown
2nd Place: “Morbid Art” by Elena Pacheo
3rd Place: “The Monster Inside” by Lydia Burleson