Fresh Ink Fiction Writing Contest

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.

Prizes

Three overall winners will be selected by our contest judge, author and editor Leila Sales. 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.

Each of our three winners will receive a prize of $150, as well as an editorial review of their work by Leila Sales and TTBF programming director Meghan Goel.

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.

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!


Ready to submit? Head to our entry form here.


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.

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