Writing Contests

Save Texas History 2017 Essay Contest

posted by Eli Roberts   [ updated ]

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 - Why We Need Diverse Books

posted Aug 21, 2017, 8:37 AM by Eli Roberts   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 8:40 AM ]

Tell us why in 300 words or less and you could win a spot in an exclusive reception sponsored by We Need Diverse Books!

TTBF and WNDB invite teens from diverse backgrounds (people of color, Native voices, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIAP+ community or other underrepresented groups) to tell us why diverse books matter. We will select 25 respondents to attend an exclusive event at the festival on October 7th where authors, booksellers, and other front line members of the book industry will share advice and insight into the opportunities and possibilities that exist for book lovers of all backgrounds to forge a future in the world of books and publishing. Winners will also be invited to live blog their experience at the event and have their work published on the TTBF website. The book world needs all voices, and this is a great chance to find out how to get involved!


Please read all the guidelines below before submitting your entry.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • The WNDB Essay Contest is open to Texas residents aged 11-18 years.
  • You must be a Texas resident to be eligible for this contest.
  • This is an essay contest. Entries must be non-fiction essays.
  • 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 is limited to 300 words.
  • No specific format is required.
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Save your electronic file using the following naming conventions:
    • TitleofEssay_YourInitials
      • Example: DiverseVoices_SJM

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on September 1, 2017.

Still have a question about the contest? Email us at ttbfinfo@texasteenbookfestival.org.

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


An invitation to an exclusive event at the Texas Teen Book Festival on October 7th.

An invitation to interview authors and have your work published on the TTBF website.

Contest Judges

WNDB representatives along with the TTBF Programming committee consisting of booksellers, librarians, and book enthusiasts.

NewsELA Writing Contest

posted May 22, 2017, 11:03 AM by Eli Roberts   [ updated May 22, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

Announcing the Year in Review Writing Contest

From the 2016 election to the Cubs finally winning the World Series, Newsela's end-of-the-year review summarizes what happened in the world this school year. The article comes with a special Year in Review Write Prompt, which asks students to reflect on their own favorite moments from the school year.

A Year in Review: What happened in the news?


Students who answer the Write prompt will have their submissions reviewed by Newsela staff. We’ll pick our favorites from across grade levels and publish the winners to the Newsela blog and Facebook page! To participate, assign the article and have your students complete a Write response by May 26.

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