First of all: Grab your calendar, find April 5, 2014, and mark down the San Antonio Book Festival. It will be here before you know it.
Next, ask yourself: Do I know any promising young writers who are currently in grades 9 to 12? If so, please suggest that they enter the San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Writing Contest (pdf). The submission deadline has been extended to midnight on January 13, 2014.
- First place: $150 for the writer, and $500 for his or her school
- Second place: $100 for the writer
- Third place: $75 for the writer
Even more precious than the money, perhaps, is the opportunity to reach an audience: the winners’ stories will be presented at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 5, 2015 at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art.
As I homeschool my son this year (earlier post), I have learned to appreciate the power of incentives. This contest might be just the thing you need to motivate your young fiction writer.
- “San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Writing Contest: Cash Prizes!!”, Veronica Rouse, Seven Lovely Things, December 19, 2013.
- “‘Animal Amigos!’ and ‘Black & Blanco’ complete the ArteKids bilingual board book series”, Inga Cotton, San Antonio Charter Moms, July 18, 2013 (discussing the Arte Kids series, a collaboration between the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and Trinity University Press).
- “Our Visit to The Texas Book Festival in San Antonio”, Alvina Castro, There’s Magic Out There, May 1, 2013.
- “The San Antonio Book Festival Was Here and We Can’t Wait For Next Year!”, Michelle Hernandez, Family Love In My City, April 29, 2013.