Welcome to the Texas Institute of Letters

The Texas Institute of Letters is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in Texas letters and to recognize distinctive literary achievement.

Induction into the TIL is based on literary achievement. Application for membership is not accepted. The rules governing the selection of members and officers are contained in the TIL By-Laws.

In addition to recognizing literary achievement through the induction of members, the TIL annually gives awards for published work and, with the University of Texas at Austin, supports the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for writers.


More information about TIL is available in the Handbook of Texas Online.


TIL’s next annual meeting will be in El Paso, Texas at the Camino Real Hotel, with the banquet at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, on April 7-8, 2017.

2016 Winners of TIL’s Literary Awards: TIL's 2016 literary awards are for works published in calendar year 2015, except the translation award (2014-2015). Details for next year’s awards will be posted in Literary Awards in September.

Congratulations to the new 2016 TIL inductees: Sue Bishop, Melissa del Bosque, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Kathryn Jones, James C. Kearney, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Cleatus Rattan, and Carol Coffee Reposa.

Apr/May/Jun 2016 Newsletter

Texas filmmaker Anne Rapp is completing a documentary on the life of legendary Texas playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote.

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Pulitzer-Prize winner Lawrence Wright received the 2015 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and wrote The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Ricardo C. Ainslie created the video.