Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest

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A new component for this year’s Texas Teen Book Festival is the Writing Contest, sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. This entry form must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm on July 1, 2015. Please read all the guidelines below before submitting your entry.


  • The Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest is open to Texas residents aged 11-18 years.
  • You must be a Texas resident to be eligible for this contest.
  • This is a fiction contest. Submissions must be works of fiction.
  • To qualify, each entry must be submitted along with a fully completed Entry Form
  • Each entry must include a story outline plus a 20-30 page sample
  • Each entry must be typed in 10 – 12 point font
  • The writer’s name should not appear anywhere within the document or in the document title
  • All submissions must be received by midnight on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
  • Winners will be notified on September 1 and will be invited to participate in the 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival on September 26, 2015 at St. Edwards University

Three overall winners will be selected by our contest judges.Advertisement
Each of our three winners will receive a prize of $150, as well as a full editorial review by an editor from Delacorte Press, a Division of Random House!

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges representing the Texas Teen Book Festival programming committee, as well as a selection of Austin authors, librarians, and booksellers. Judges for the 2015 contest are:

Cynthia Bartek: TTBF Director / Librarian, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Heather Schubert: TTBF Founder / Librarian, Hill Country Middle School
Meghan Goel: TTBF Program Director / BookPeople Children’s & YA Book Buyer
Jen Bigheart: TTBF PR Director / Librarian, Westbank Community Libraries
Steph Opitz: TTBF committee member / Texas Book Festival Literary Director
Sarah Pitre: TTBF committee member / Forever YA
Ta’Necia Cannon: BookPeople YA Specialist
Sara Stevenson: Librarian, O. Henry Middle School
Ellen Thibodeaux: Librarian, Eastside Memorial High School
Jennifer Ziegler, YA author
Brian Yansky, YA author
Lindsey Lane, YA author

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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