Fresh Ink Fiction Writing Contest

Congratulations to our Winners for 2019!

The Kids are Alright, by Sarah Appel

The Girl the Sea Forgot,  by Layla P. 

Voyager 48, by Kara Sledge


Submissions have closed for 2019. Please check back in Spring of 2020 for your next opportunity!

TTBF isn’t just about the authors you read and love now. It’s also about celebrating future TTBF authors many of you will become. For that reason, we are proud to announce that the submission window for our 2019 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

A big thanks to the AT&T Foundation for making this contest possible!

Please read all the guidelines below before submitting your entry.

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

  • To qualify, each entry must be submitted along with a fully completed entry form (linked below).
  • Since we use a blind-judging system, the author’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
      • 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 Monday, July 15, 2019.

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

Winners will be notified on or around September 1, 2019 and will be invited to participate in the 2019 Texas Teen Book Festival on October 12, 2019 at Southwestern University in Georgetown.


Each of our three winners will receive a prize of $150, as well as an editorial review of their work by author and editor Leila Sales and TTBF programming director Meghan Goel. Sales worked in Children’s and YA publishing for over eleven years, editing authors such as Max Brallier, Gayle Forman, Sally Green, Viola Davis, and Greg Pizzoli. She now is based in Austin and runs a book development agency, The Book Engineer, which she founded.

Contest Judges

Winners will be selected by selection committee including TTBF programming committee members, librarians, and booksellers as well as author and editor Leila Sales

The editorial review of the winning manuscripts will be provided by Meghan Goel, Children’s Book Buyer at BookPeople and Program Director of the Texas Teen Book Festival.

The contest is generously sponsored by the AT&T Foundation,  and it is free to enter!

Entries have now closed  for 2019.

Previous Winners


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

Tiger Korea, by K. Lee

The Taletraveler, by L. Young


If Memory Serves, by Layla P.

Saltwater, by Kayla S.

Four Meets Fortune, by A.E. Voss


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.