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Call for TIL Contest Entries, with prizes totaling more than $22,000. Download PDF of 2018 Contest Details and Judges to fill out form for contest entry and to send work to judges. The deadline is January 15, 2019.

The next annual meeting of the TIL will be in McAllen, TX on April 26-27, 2019. More details to follow.

Congratulations to the 2018 TIL honorees: Daniel Chacón, Alfredo Corchado, Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, Katherine Hoerth, Michael Hurd, Bret Anthony Johnston, Richard Linklater, Sheryl Luna, Kirk Lynn, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Willie Nelson, Severo Perez, Sasha Pimentel, José Antonio Rodríguez, Mary Beth Rogers, Steven Schneider, Ted Shine, José Skinner, and Christian Wiman.

Spring/Summer 2018 Newsletter

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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.

Acclaimed poet, short-story writer, novelist, and essayist, Sandra Cisneros received the 2018 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant and National Medal of Freedom of the Arts, she founded the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation to help emerging writers.

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