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Details for submitting to upcoming contests will be posted here between September 15 and 30th.

The TIL’s next annual meeting and banquet will be in San Antonio, Texas on April 6-7, 2018. The Menger Hotel near the Alamo will be our host hotel, with Friday’s reception and poetry awards at La Villita, the historic arts village along the San Antonio River. More details to follow.

The winners have been announced for the 2017 TIL’s Literary Awards, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, history, poetry, children and young adult, short stories, journalism, and book design.

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, Bobby Byrd, Lee Merrill Byrd, Cary Clack, Joe Ely, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Elizabeth Harris, Cliff Hudder, Baine Kerr, Attica Locke, C. M. Mayo, Elaine Scott, Thad Sitton, Rosalyn Story.

Submit annual dues, banquet fees, and other donations by credit card or PayPal: Online Payments. This link is also on the Members page, with the PDF form to submit payments by regular mail.

Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter

Pat Mora received the 2017 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. Winner of the Texas Writer Award for outstanding contributions to Texas literature and founder of the El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day, she is the author of poetry, nonfiction, and children’s books.

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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.

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, nonfiction, 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.