2017 Fiction Writing Contest

Our submission window for the 2017 Delacorte Fiction Writing Contest is now closed.

Winners for 2017 will be announced on September 1.

Please check back in Spring 2018 for information on next year’s contest.


2017 Winners

If Memory Serves, by Layla P.

Saltwater, by Kayla S.

Four Meets Fortune, by A.E. Voss


Your Texas Teen Book Festival is again looking for aspiring writers for its 2017 Fiction Writing Contest!

The contest is generously sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s books, and it is free to enter!


Please read all the guidelines below before submitting your entry.


Eligibility Requirements

  • The TTBF Fiction Writing Contest is open to Texas residents aged 11-18 years.
    (Note: You must be 11 to 18 at the time of the contest deadline.)
  • You must be a Texas resident to be eligible for this contest.
  • This is a fiction contest. Submissions must be works of fiction.
  • Entry is limited to one per person.
  • Only single author entries qualify (no co-authors).
  • Writing must be author’s original work and creation.

Submission Requirements

  • To qualify, each entry must be submitted along with a fully completed entry form (linked below).
  • The writer’s name should not appear anywhere within the document or in the document title.
  • Each entry must include the following:
    • a 300 to 500 word synopsis of your overall story
    • a 9,000 to 14,000 word excerpt from your story
  • Required Format for All Entries:
    • Double-Spaced
    • Times New Roman font
    • 12 point font size
    • 1 inch margins
    • Pages numbered
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Save your electronic file using the following naming conventions:
    • TitleofStory_YourInitials
      • Example: ThrownofGlass_SJM

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Still have a question about the contest? Check out our FAQs! Maybe we’ve already read your mind.

Winners will be notified on September 1 and will be invited to participate in the 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival on October 7, 2017 at St. Edward’s University.

Ready to submit your entry?

Click here to access the 2017 Entry and Submission Form


Three overall winners will be selected by our contest judges.

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 imprint of Random House Children’s Books!

Contest Judges

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.

 Previous Winners


Glory and Metal,  by Lily S.

The Rose Alliance,  by Layla P.

King of Monsters,  by Sabrina H.


Telling Time, by Jack D.

Glory of the Witches, by Madeline S.

Hell to Pay, by Nikhil P.