Entries are being accepted for the 2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest until July 1, and this year’s theme is “Note to Self.”

The contest is hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas. The contest is open to junior and high school students in Texas. They can submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length.

Submissions are judged by authors, educators and others.
There are three divisions for the contest: grades 7-8, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12.

First-place winners get $250; second place, $100; third place, $50. Their work will be published on the Texas Book Festival website, and they’ll get a plaque. Finalists and semi-finalists in grades 9 through 12 also get an invitation to a writing workshop at the Austin Bat Cave.
To enter your submission, click here.