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Call for TIL Literary Contest Entries: Download PDF for Details. Deadline is January 2, 2018.

Sandra Cisneros has been named winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honor given by the TIL. The award will be presented to Cisneros at the TIL’s annual banquet in San Antonio.

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. Click the link to make hotel reservations.

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.