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2017 Fiction Contest Winners Announced at Texas Book Festival

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Several winners of the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction contest (pictured here) discussed their craft at the Book Festival, held at the Texas State Capitol.

The winners of the annual Fresh Ink Fiction Contest were announced on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Texas Book Festival. Hosted by the DDCE and the Texas Book Festival, and with support from AT&T, the contest encourages creative writing in Texas Schools. Middle and high school students are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length.

This year’s theme was “Funny Running Into You Here.” Submitted entries are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.

Here are the 2017 winners in all three divisions.

7th & 8th Grade 

1st Place: “Katherine, or Catharsis: Nine Portraits” by Yasmeen Khan

2nd Place: “Dipper” by Priyanka Gupta

3rd Place: “The Raven and the Dove” by Shirley Zhu


9th & 10th Grade 

1st Place: “The Permanent Record Caper” by Diya Chatterjee

2nd Place: “The Woman at the Top of the Bridge” by Veronica J. Ledezma

3rd Place: “Pearly Gates” by Madeline Szoo


11th & 12th Grade

1st Place: “Little Drops” by Brittany MacKeown

2nd Place: “Morbid Art” by Elena Pacheo

3rd Place: “The Monster Inside” by Lydia Burleson

Visit this website for more about the contest and to read stories from past winners.