Award Categories


This category is all about voices that too often go unheard. We’re looking for characters and narratives that represent a range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences in an authentic way… including the LGBTQIA community, people of color, people with disabilities, gender diversity, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.


Our first ever regional award category, this one is about building a new shelf that features Texas, its unique culture and history, and the immigrants who live there. Submissions will be a bit shorter -- either short stories or nonfiction passages, but will highlight the richness of Texas from a range of angles.


These stories are all about people. Featuring teen and adult characters that are strong, flawed, relatable, diverse, and lovable, entries will hook the reader by shedding light on the human experience in all of its simple complexity.