Topic: ‘The People Our Parents Warned Us About’

AUSTIN—Texas Book Festival is accepting entries for its 13th annual Fiction Writing Contest to encourage and reward creative writing in Texas schools. This year’s fiction writing contest theme is “The People Our Parents Warned Us About.” The topic was selected by Texas Book Festival fans on Facebook, who voted it as their favorite of four choices.

Texas junior and high school students (grades 7-12) are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted online via the form on the Texas Book Festival’s website no later than June 2, 2014. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11-12.

Winners in each division will receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, first place winners will be awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the Texas Book Festival website, and be invited to participate on a panel during the annual fall Festival in October. Accommodations for one night will be provided for the first-place winners and their family.

Entries that do not follow all contest rules will be disqualified