Vision & Voice Winners 2017

Letters about Literature

posted Oct 17, 2017, 12:22 PM by Eli Roberts   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 12:23 PM ]

Letters About Literature is a reflective writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in association with affiliate State Centers for the Book with funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. TEACHERS: Please go to to review the online teacher’s resource page for specific tips and to download our free Teacher’s Guide. Teachers should submit class sets in one envelope rather than submitting letters individually in single envelopes. 

More information is here.

Austin Trail of Lights Essay Contest

posted Sep 27, 2017, 1:49 PM by Eli Roberts   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 7:27 AM ]

1. AISD classes in 3rd-5th grades may apply. Each school should submit their top three finalists from each grade level.
2. The length of the essay should not be more than 250 words.
3. Illustrations are encouraged but not necessary.
4. Submissions may be handwritten or typed.
5. Essays must include: name of student, grade of student, school or club, name of teacher, contact and phone number of teacher or primary contact.
6. Essays will be evaluated by the Trail of Lights Foundation Board and representatives from H-E-B
and AISD.

To Submit:
1.Click Submit Above
2. Fill out Google Form
                                                                                               3. When prompted, click "Trail of Lights" under "Type of Submission".

2017 Save Texas History Essay Contest

posted Sep 26, 2017, 9:03 AM by Eli Roberts   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

This essay contest is for 4th and 7th graders only.

Essay question:  “What in your community is worth saving?”

Winning 4TH and 7TH grade entries will each receive $500 grand prize and a Texas flag that’s flown over the Texas State Capitol; all finalists, five total for each grade, will receive a Save Texas History backpack, a historic map reproduction, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.

Full Entry Details are here.

All entries must be received by midnight, October 31st, 2017.

Winning entries will be announced November 15th, 2017.

Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest

posted May 31, 2017, 11:21 AM by Eli Roberts   [ updated May 31, 2017, 11:21 AM ]

The Texas Teen Book Festival is currently running a fiction writing contest on their site. Check it out here.  They have a set of requirements:

Eligibility Requirements
  • The TTBF Fiction 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.
  • 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
You can submit your work here.

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