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The Texas Institute of Letters is a 501(c)(3) 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.

The TIL has no paid staff or office space—our council and officers serve on a volunteer basis and member dues help support our literary awards, basic operating expenses, and the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for writers.

Donations, for example, help the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Director make purchases necessary for the upkeep of the house and ranch. Other donations fund prizes not currently endowed and help pay for banquet, website, and printing costs not covered by membership dues. Thank you for your support.

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