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This one is about voices that too often go unheard. We need authentic characters & narratives for a range of identities & experiences… including LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, & ethnic, racial, cultural, & religious minorities.


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Our first regional award, this category is focused on building a new shelf that features Texas with its unique culture, people, and history. Submissions will be a bit shorter, either short stories or nonfiction passages.


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These stories are all about people. With teen & adult characters that are strong, flawed, relatable, diverse, & lovable, they'll hook readers by shedding light on the human experience in all of its simple complexity.