Welcome to the Texas Institute of Letters

The Texas Institute of Letters is a non-profit Honor Society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and to recognize distinctive literary achievement. The TIL’s elected membership consists of the state’s most respected writers of fiction, poetry, journalism, and scholarship.

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

The TIL annually elects new members, gives awards to recognize outstanding literary works, and supports the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for writers.


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Author Pat Mora has been named the winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award will be presented to Mora at the TIL’s annual banquet, set for April 8, 2017 in El Paso, Texas. The annual meeting will be at the Camino Real Hotel, with the banquet at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing.

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 Ainslie created the video.