It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival!


The announcements of the awesome authors attending the 2015 festival are starting to come out. Here’s what we know so far –

Sonia Manzano, known to many people as “Maria” on Sesame Street, will be the keynote speaker!!!!

Manzano will be talking about her upcoming memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. We are so excited by this news!

Author Carrie Ryan has a new book that just came out this week – a thriller with NO zombies – called Daughter of Deep Silence.

Another high-adrenaline thriller from author Sophie Jordan! Unleashed is the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Uninvited.

And returning to the festival for his second year in a row is Andrew Smith! Stand-Off is the follow-up to the excellent book, Winger.

Teen Writing Contest!

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–by Meghan G., contributor

Are you a young writer looking to hone your craft and get some real world feedback about your work? If so, we a very exciting opportunity you should know about.

As programming partners for the Texas Teen Book Festival, we are thrilled to announce an exciting new writing contest for teens. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Delacorte Press, a Division of Random House, we are able to offer Texas teens a truly incredible and unique prize: Three lucky winners will be selected to receive in-depth critiques from Delacorte editors, either by letter or by phone or by Skype (winner’s choice)! This is the opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring writers.

All Texas residents between the ages of 11 and 18 are invited to submit their story outlines along with a 20-30 page writing sample. Submissions are due July 1st. All the details and guidelines can be found here:

Young writers, don’t miss out! Pick up those pens and get writing!


Are you excited yet?? You should be!!

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Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.