Fresh Ink Fiction Contest

Calling all Young Writers of Texas: It’s time to submit your stories! We are proud to announce that the submission window for our 2020 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open! The Fresh Ink Fiction Contest encourages middle and high school Texas students to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Submitted entries are judged by Texas Teen Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The TTBF Fresh Ink Fiction 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 work of fiction per person.
  • Only single-author entries qualify (no co-authors).
  • Writing must be author’s original work and creation (we cannot accept works of fan fiction, sorry!)

Submission Requirements

  • Each entry must include the following:
    • a 300 to 500 word synopsis of your overall story
    • The synopsis should be the first page of your document and should be titled SYNOPSIS. Make sure we can tell where your synopsis ends and your story begins. Do not submit separate files.
    • 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
    • All pages numbered
    • In one of the following file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Save your electronic file using the following naming conventions: TitleofStory_YourInitials
    • Example: ThroneofGlass_SJM

All submissions must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

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

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Prizes

Contest Judges

Previous Winners

2018

When You Teach a Grandson to Fish, by P. Duran

Tiger Korea, by K. Lee

The Taletraveler, by L. Young

2017

If Memory Serves, by Layla P.

Saltwater, by Kayla S.

Four Meets Fortune, by A.E. Voss

2016

Glory and Metal,  by Lily S.

The Rose Alliance,  by Layla P.

King of Monsters,  by Sabrina H.

2015

Telling Time, by Jack D.

Glory of the Witches, by Madeline S.

Hell to Pay, by Nikhil P.

Questions? Email TTBFinfo@texasteenbookfestival.org.