Sunday, 11 May 2014


This year marks the 13th annual Fiction Writing Contest. The theme for this year is “The People Our Parents Warned Us About”.

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. Judges look for excellence in use of dialogue, character development, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12.

Winners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, first place 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 provides accommodations for the first place winners and their family for one night.

Theme: “The People Our Parents Warned Us About”

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 2013-2014 academic year.

2) All entries must be an original piece of fiction.

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 January 27, 2014 and June 2, 2014.

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!

How to enter:

Upload your 2014 entry on the theme “The People Our Parents Warned Us About” before June 2, 2014.


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