I AM TEXAS

“I believe in regular people and their ability to affect change in this world.” – Brad Meltzer


OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

Contest Sponsor



The iWRITE Organization and The Bryan Museum are partnering with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator team, Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest published book in the World called I Am Texas!

Let’s break the record together. To break the record, we’ll be creating a massive book (over 7 feet tall!) that will be displayed at The Bryan Museum, alongside its Texas and American West collection of historical artifacts, books, and artwork.

One-thousand students will have the chance to be published and become part of Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos’s, Ordinary People Change the World series and winners will walk the red carpet at our annual book signing event in the fall.


AWARDS

Here’s what you
need to know:
  • It’s FREE to enter!
  • You can submit a short story,
    poem, or illustration.
  • Students selected for publication will be given a copy of the book at the book signing event!
  • Writing and Art winners get prize money and walk the red carpet!
  • Additional SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM AWARDS
    available!
WRITING AWARDS
1. $2000 | Editor’s Choice Award for One Story
2. $2000 | Editor’s Choice Award for One Poem
3. $500 EACH | Five Texas Regional Winners
4. $500 | One Honorary Texan Winner
(Out of State)
ART AWARDS

LET’S MAKE HISTORY TOGETHER


1000+

Authors & Illustrators

1

Large Book

500+

Publication Copies

100%

Texas Stories


PARTNERSHIP

AS BIG AS TEXAS

iWRITE

The iWRITE Nonprofit Organization builds writing confidence for students in grades 3-12 through fun writing and publishing programs designed by real authors. Our mission at iWRITE is to build student confidence through writing.

The Bryan Museum

The mission of The Bryan Museum is to bring the history of Texas and the American West to life. Through its world-class collections, exhibitions, and educational history and literacy programs, students of all ages get a chance to experience the stories of yesterday and write the stories of tomorrow.

Ordinary People
Change the World

This isn’t just a book series. It’s our dream for our daughters. Our dream for our sons. Our dream for all of us who need to see the power of an ordinary person… And the power — and potential — in each of us. Together, we’re building an army of smart children, arming them with lessons of compassion, kindness and justice. Come join us for the ride.


EDUCATION PARTNER

The Texas Center at Schreiner University serves as a resource for the citizens of the Lone Star State and presents an approach that serves to teach in a way that explains instead of blames. Our approach is clear-eyed and honest about all aspects of Texas life and the role of people from all backgrounds, confident the story will be an optimistic and authentic tale of our home and its role in the nation and the world.

There is an urgency to our task. Changes in demographics will clearly change the texture of how we see ourselves. By 2050, there will be nearly twice as many Texans as there are today. What will these natives and newcomers know about this state? How will they feel about their inheritance? What is the story we will tell them? How will they find their place in this story? What Texas needs is an honest broker—a referee for these important conversations.

That is The Texas Center at Schreiner University.

OFFICIAL JUDGING COMMITTEE

The Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville will serve as the official judging committee for the I Am Texas Contest, enlisting the aid of humanities and education faculty and students in selecting the winning middle school and high school finalists. These students also have the chance to win a regional award and even be selected as the Editor’s Choice recipient by Brad Meltzer. 

Each of our award-winning authors and artists will earn a $20,000 scholarship to Schreiner University—”where the Texas virtues of grit, determination, and self-reliance have room to breathe and grow.”